We have all seen the RFP from QF and much has been discussed about the potential for QF getting a version of the 777-200LR with extra fuel tanks to allow it to operate nonstop from SYD to LHR both ways year round. One of the arguments that I have heard on here and from quotes of QF representatives is that these flights would give QF a competetive edge over competitors like SQ and EK in that it would reduce the flying time by a few hours.
A question that has come to mind that I have not seen addressed on this site (my apologies if it has, but I couldn't find one on the search) deals with this topic of the possible competitive advantage that QF could have over SQ and EK on the Kangaroo Route if it decides to purchase this version of the -200LR. While there is little that SQ and QF could do ops wise (yes, they could increase the service, etc.), what about BA? I believe that BA sold its stake in QF recently (my apologies as I don't quite remember), but they still partner quite well within OneWorld. If QF were to order -200LRs and start nonstop service between LHR and SYD, do you think that BA would do the same to remain at an even keel with QF? Is their partnership in Oneworld (and perviously) strong enough that BA would just continue their onestop flights through SIN and BKK? Or do you think that BA would likewise purchase some -200LRs to compete with QF?