Im sure you'd love to see EK
flying from PVG
, but I think that the Aust/NZ market is going to be more attractive.
Why? For a start, every seat is full on those transpacific flights. It's not easy to get on the the thing is a cash cow for QF
I think NZ
has to change or die(got to get profits out of those long hauls) and althought I absolutely love NZ
catering!!! (one of the best out there) they need to add a few other touches to compete with QF
. United also has got some catching up to do, particularly in economy compared to these two.
So my point. How many Chinese can afford, for leisure purposes, to fly to SFO
? Sure, I know there is a HUGE business market, but those ppl are going to be locked into the frequent flyer schemes of the likes of United, Northwest and JAL, especially the non-chinese based part of the market. EK
would need a lot of passengers originating in PVG
to make it work. The Australia/New Zealand market, however, has a lot more ppl that can afford to buy that ticket that are paying for it themselves and less likely to think like those with the corporate accounts. Plus, it has a huge potential to get US tourists because they feel NZ
and Aust are one of the safest places for them to go to at the moment. I doubt they're all that interested in ppl connecting from DXB
in this case... it is access to a new market. That is what they are after.