|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):|
However I commend Qantas for being willing to shake things up.
Also kudos for EK landing this significant venture under the nose OW and BA.
To be honest, I doubt this will have much of an effect on British Airways. If anything it allows them to re-focus their operations on Asian O&D. What they do with their SIN
service will be interesting however. I'd say they can retain it profitably but they won't have QF
feeding into it at either SYD
anymore. It also presses home the need for IAG
to jump on-board with EK
as well or form the muted alliance with QR
|Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Reply 12):|
Maybe we'll see the end of the codesharing agreement with Air France as well particularly if QF changes the scheds between OZ and Asia.
Any info on that ?
No news on that but I think it's fair to say that the codeshare deal with AF
are dead in the water. That traffic will now be on EK
metal from April 1st, 2013. Whether or not AF
retain the interline agreement so QF
provides on-carriage to AF
passengers from Asia to Australia is a different question. We don't know the answer to that.
Not really. QF
has always picked and chosen what it does with OW
in North America, LAN in South America and heir relationship with JAL are all important still for QF
's future as is the relationship with BA
because alot of Australians still begin or end a journey to Europe in London and will require short hops on BA
metal to and from Europe where EK
doesn't fly. So they will still work together just not as closely.
If anything this gives Etihad and Virgin a bloody nose because the combined VA/SQ and Etihad network between Australia and Europe is vastly inferior to EK
's. When VA said "Game On" don't think this is what they had in mind!
It also presents an interesting opportunity for American Airlines if i was to ditch Etihad and jump to EK
. That would vastly expand their International presence as well.