Is it just me, or does anyone think these newly announced Qantas services from SYD-HKG-Then HKG-LHR 3 times a week will have problems competing with a new DAILY VS service in addiiton to already high frequencies offered by BA and CX? 3 times a week is a piss-weak frequency for business travel! And these are not exactly crappy carriers either, they are amongst the best airlines in the world today, not that Qantas can't hold it's own next to them, but I feel that such poor frequency on a major business route is suicide. Unless they go at least daily, I don't think it will last. Qantas has already admitted the only reason why their paris flights were unsustainably unprofitable was the very fact their 3x a week frequency was so low.
They should route some of the SIN-LHR 744s (now 17 times a week-17!) through HKG to at least make it a daily HKG-LHR and double daily from SIN-HKG.
Whatever the outcome, LHR-HKG now has the top 4 airlines in the world competing for market share. What a great choice for travellers. Having said this, out of all of these carriers, Qantas has by far the deepest pockets at the moment.
[Edited 2004-06-22 10:28:05]