I think the question of whether Air New Zealand or Qantas flying the DXB
sector is a difficult one.
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To take your argument a stage further, why not give EK some of its own medicine by dumping seats on the DXB to its major European destinations. It's only 2900 + nm from DXD to LHR.
As far as dumping seats goes I'm not really sure if QF
are really going for that. It isn't as easy for airlines such as NZ
to dump seats on those European routes that EK
serves. Remember NZ
are limited by the fleet size and the sheer distance from our part of the world. Just remember it takes roughly 24 hours travelling time from AKL
and Emirates are ideally located as it doesn't require extreme long haul aircraft to European ports (they can operate their A330 and 777 fleet no sweat to Europe where NZ
would probably have to delve into their 744 (at current excluding potential 772 and A380 A/C) fleets to find capacity which are already pretty much stretched out).
is severely slot restricted and getting a slot for say a thrice weekly service isn't as easy as pie.
As far as trans-tasman dumping of seats goes, I think that is a little unfair. Remember that there is an open skies agreement in this area. Emirates use this route for their cargo capacity and generate money that way rather than letting the aircraft sit on the Australian east coast for over 8 hours. Of course these huge 773 and 345 aircraft have incredible passenger carrying ability so the dumping may just be inevitable as well as giving Joe and Joanne (no sexism or political correctness intended!) Traveller another option.
So if Emirates dropped its aircraft down to the 330 on these routes and cut say BNE
and say MEL
, would Ralph Norris change his mind?
Oh well thats my rant (not really).