Re Dubai-Sydney being a B class route. It is in fact an A class route to London or other ports in Europe as a one-stop competitor to flights via Changi or Bangkok and it is causing an A-class pain in the A** for Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
A345 order happened because it built a jet that Boeing couldn't match AT
THE PARTICULAR TIME. SQ
has now received an Airbus which (drum roll.....ta dum) actually does everything SQ
paid for. But it would like 'more' and the much delayed 777-200LR is almost certainly going to provide it, three years after the SQ
flights to LAX
and ERW non-stop started.
I doubt that the A345 will go the way of their dismal A340 Celestars, ie, to Boeing. They could keep them and use them very effectively on long range flights from Australia to the US if they get TransPac rights, or to develop other 'minor' routes. Or they could sell them as a block to someone who needs five ultra long range jets that can deal with transAntartica routes or far southern routes that are operationally forbidden territory to the 777-200LR and likely to stay that way forever.
I'll bet that the new leadership of Mr Chew at SQ
is even thinking about how they might bury the hatchet with Virgin Blue and Pacific Blue and offer them the A345s for Pacific Blue flights like Perth-London, Perth-LAX
, Sydney-Chicago, or Auckland-JFK
Qantas will wet itself again at the thought of what these wicked Singaporeans might do to 'their' market.