Lets put this debate into some sort of perspective shall we.
"Both the A345 and/or 777LR seem attractive for QF
, according to the rumours floating around."
For what route exactly???? PER
is out of the question and has been done to death on a.net. There simply isn't the premium pax and flying them from SYD
to Perth for the service doesn't really make that much sense. Why spend 4-5 hours on a plane to Perth and another what 15-16 hours flying direct to London. In the end it probably isn't faster than the current one-stop. QF
's current strategy of dumping everyone in Singapore to fill 747's heading to Heathrow and Frankfurt has worked well for years. Why kill it, and potentially their profits, by adding direct services for premium passengers??? Besides which the A380's will provide even more capacity in the LHR
routes in the future via Singapore.
Coupled with this is the fact that QF
doesn't have the slots @ LHR
to commence new services beyond it's new Hong Kong allocation. So another service will have to be reduced to allow for an A345 type direct service.
-Vancouver have also been done to death but for arguments sake let's raise them again. QF
currently operates to LAX
roughly 3 times daily from SYD
, daily from MEL
and Auckland and 3 times a week from BNE
. Presumably A380's will be deployed on at least some of the SYD
sevices therefore providing a significant capacity upgrade. Again the QF
strategy has been to dump large numbers of passenger at LAX
and let AA
and it's other partners fly them domestically from there. This has produced great results for QF
in the past. SYD
may be attractive route but why add small numbers of a niche aircraft to your fleet just to fly 1 route??? QF
don't have a history of doing this and I don't think they will do it in the future.
-Vancouver on the other hand is quite an easy route to predict. If Air Canada launches a direct service then you can almost count on QF
doing the same in time. The only problem there is that QF
has no feed at Vancouver.
is really disappointed with their A330s, than I can imagine they are looking at the 777/7E7 mix, but if QF
is satisfied with the A330, I would think the A345 would be much more attractive to QF
. It sometimes appears nobody really knows how satisfied QF
is with their A330s."
originally bought their A332's for short haul domestic flying in the SYD
corridor. That proved to be a failure and they were disappointed by it. However this had more to do with the fact they couldn't turn the plane around fast enough for these sorts of services. Instead they now have the A332's flying from SYD
, (medium haul 4-5 hour flights), where the turn around at both ends is longer. Low and behold they are happy with the aircraft. Right plane used for the right purpose.
As for the A333's, the jury would only now be making a judgement on them since they commenced International Services. It will be interesting to hear what QF
thinks and how they perform over the coming weeks. That will be the real litmus test for the A330 fleet.
"Cutting out the stopover and lowering costs with a more fuel efficient aircraft would seem like a good idea for Qantas."
But on the other hand taking all your premium passengers and putting them on a new service doesn't make much sense $$$ wise as it is them who are the most profitable to a carrier such as QF
. If this was to occur then services would be cut from Singapore to compensate.
Sorry to spoil your fantasy Qantasclub but I don't think you'll see a 777 in QF
colours anytime soon either.