ikramerica wrote:Maybe the success of PER-LHR on an aircraft without 300 seats and limited in cargo showed QF that they don't need what they thought they did? Maybe they realized that what they might need is an aircraft that can do it with a few more limitations, but that can also be used on PER-EU/UK flights giving those flights MORE lift? Robbing from peter to pay paul, but in a positive way? Larger fleet of slightly less capable aircraft that can be used effectively on more routes...
I suspect it's a combination of:
(a) what ikramerica said; and
(b) the manufacturers telling QF either (i) they can do what QF is asking but the performance margins will be slim or (ii) they can't get to the specs QF is asking for.
I always had the impression that, with Project Sunrise, QF was pushing the manufacturers to maximise their respective products not because QF was rigid in its requirement for >300 seats and all the fancy bells and whistles (lounges, gyms, etc. that have been mentioned on and off), but to find a spec that will give them the best of both worlds - an aircraft capable of carrying a profitable load nonstop to LHR and JFK, but of also being able to profitably operate to Hong Kong, Japan, China, Singapore, LAX, DFW, etc. I think the B789 has shown QF and the travelling public that this is an achievable goal, given those aircraft will soon be adding HKG to their roster.