The 777LR and A345 are of little interest to the European carriers, these very expensive niche aircraft (dont forget that there is huge price premium for the 777LR over a typical 777ER, and the A345 is also an expensive toy) would not allow the European carriers to add any important new routes where there is potentially lots of money to be made. Neither the A345 or 777LR can fly LHR
nonstop without very extreme restictions (we are talking about a very light pax load and absolutely no cargo)......seating would have to be far less than SQ
's premium A345s with about 170 seats. The economics do not work out. A LHR
route would be possible, but the airline would simply be trading the stopover in SIN
for a stopover in Perth.....it would be a novelty, but there is far more traffic (and far more premium traffic) on routes via the Asian cities. Flights to Australia from other European cities (with the possible exception of Frankfurt) are extremely price sensitive, with lots of budget travellers.....I would not expect an airline to invest in ultra-longhaul airliners to fly these types of routes when such good service is available via SIN
or other cities.
-PPT flight mentioned above would be possible, I think, but this is not a big enough market to inspire AF
to introduce another fleet type and buy a handful of airplanes to operate one route.....the flights via LAX
work fine in this market. Air Tahiti Nui has looked at the A345 to operate the CDG
-PPT route and decided against it.....for economic reasons, probably the right decision.
Aside from routes to Australia and the South Pacific, current airliners like the A346, 777ER or the 744 can fly from Europe to any destination that can handle the aircraft. Both Boeing and Airbus realize that the A345 and 777LR are niche aircraft with a very small potential market - mainly Gulf and Asian carriers looking to connect their homebases with key cities in North and South America but only where there is sufficient business traffic to support the route. And, the other potential purchaser is QF
, in the case that they decide to open up nonstop routes from Australia to cities in the US (such as the long rumored SYD
flight to take advantage of AA
megahub). US carriers could be interested in the ultra-long range types, but they simply cannot afford a luxury item like the A345 or 777LR at the moment.....too much money and too much risk.