QF's PER-LHR. Still amazes me that we are non-stop to England.Lowlights:
VA's PER-HBA service. Seems to be doing better than I though it would, just a shame it wasn't QF for one stop to LHR.
That HBA still doesn't have an INTL service after they spent a small fortune on the runway extension.
That PER and QF can't get on.
NZ will launch 3x weekly AKL-HBA before the year is out. VA doing it would be pointless given the lack of feed in or out of AKL.
QF will fly own metal (A330) to SGN by year end. Random one but I keep hearing that Vietnam is the place to be and QF jumped on DPS after a long wait.
Well, the HBA runway extension was mostly funded by the Federal government, with the justification that it would enable Hobart to become the aerial gateway to Antarctica. While international has been talked of, I think they were considering the outside shot at attracting Chinese charter flights there. It may happen, but if there is a slowdown in Chinese tourism due to the trade war this year, it will be a tall ask. NZ is possible, but not sure that there would be a huge market for it, so I reckon if they were to go ahead with it, it would be over the summer when the Apple Isle defrosts a little.
As for PER/QF dispute, to be fair, having worked in the QF group, QF doesn't get along with any airport in the country. Their negotiation style is winner takes all, and there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than what is being said publicly. QF had a win over the airport by getting the WA government to stump up the cash for the international facility at T3 which takes out a bunch of gates when it runs international and has a very poor passenger experience, at least in my opinion. The new government seems less concerned about T3 international, so I think QF have lost some leverage over the airport, and eventually they will have to get on board with the new T1 precinct, which means signing a new charging agreement.
SGN for QF could definitely be up there, again likely as a seasonal, given they were looking at PER-JNB seasonal so they seem to have some slack in the schedule to throw A330s onto more routes at certain times of the year.