Cunard wrote:ikramerica wrote:Galwayman wrote:Is it really aimed at white people who don’t want stopovers in ‘foreign ‘ places ???
There was a shocking lack of passenger diversity on the inaugural flight ... it made me less likely to ever visit Perth
What an ignorant comment...
Galwayman without doubt wins the award for the being the most ignorant as well as being the most ridiculous person to have posted in this thread!
Indeed. The traditional stop-overs for Australians on the way to Europe are Singapore and HK. Hardly "white" places. Yes, we Australians are so racist we're basically Singapore Airlines' favorite non-Singaporean market!
Oh, and the love Australians have for Singapore and Hong Kong is very well-known.
Pretty much every South-East Asian airline tries to target the Australia-Europe Kangaroo Route market too. Thai, Malaysia, Garuda, Eva, China Airlines, Cathay, SQ, all of them dip a toe in the Australia-Europe market.
Only someone who knows nothing at all about Australian travel culture would claim that QF's Perth-to-London route is racist or motivated by fear of "foreign" stop-overs. At most, some LGBT or Jewish Australians find the idea of a stopover in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or Qatar frightening. Now of course this is based on outdated stereotypes about the UAE, but there are legitimate reasons for LGBT or Jewish Australians to be scared of Jihadism (even if they are mistaken in associating Jihadism with Emirates or Etihad or even Qatar Airways).
But Australians have been making "foreign stopovers" ever since the start of the Kangaroo Route and we've been happy doing so, indeed even liking doing so, for literally decades.
That said, we know how these 'discussions' go. If Australians like foreign stopovers in Asia, the next accusation will be "Australians are racist and buy into Orientalist fantasies for liking Asian stopovers." If that doesn't work, the next accusation will be "Australians prefer Hong Kong and Singapore, both of which were former British colonies, and thus they're racist and colonialist for wanting to stop over in those cities and the Asian populations of these cities are really Bananas/Coconuts and not REALLY Asian people" blah blah blah. Its almost like these 'discussions' are designed to make it impossible for racism to be disproven.
Anyway, I'll leave the off-topic discussion. Congratulations Qantas! As an Australian I look forward to seeing how things continue to develop with respect to Perth-as-a-hub-to-Europe and also the upcoming Project Sunrise.