Valuair flies to HKG
. Now they wanna go to Sydney with widebody 767/777s. One class. Hardly any frills. (Their inflight meal is a joke if you ask me. And you have to pay for drinks! No IFE.) So that's nearly 400 seats on a one class operation to Sydney.
Where is Valuair going to get the feed from? a couple of A320s from BKK
has 24 744s from Europe to feed into their Australian routes from SIN
has a network of 59 destinations to feed into SIN
, for pax to connect to Australia. VF
will fill 400 seats to Sydney with a handful of A320 flights from HKG
Their flexible fares to PER
are $620 sing dollars. SQ
's flexible fare to Perth has always been $650 sing. Valuair's cheapest fare is $320. SQ
's is $288 and QF
's is $328 to $348.
The Singapore market is tiny. SQ
feed their Australian operations from Long Haul Europe flights. On my latest flight SQ222 from SYD
, only less than 30 pax got off at SIN
. Everyone else was going to LHR
, Europe and other points in Asia.
Valuair is not going to be able to operate much cheaper to Australia than SQ
, especially the east cost since flights are between 7 to 8 hours. All the costs associated with quick turnaround times and so on, for a supposed LCC, will evaporate.
I'd say good luck to Valuair. They're up against the most profitable, efficient and well regarded carriers in the world (QF and SQ