Ryanair01 wrote:Put simply it's a Melbourne to London flight that refuels in Perth. I'm probably being dense, but I don't follow the confusion about why people from Melbourne would be on the Melbourne flight?
I think it was more of an observation about the way QF manages their availability displays, and yes they manipulate them strongly.
It’s the same way that the QF website will offer you a 2 stop to MAN (via SIN and LHR) when there’s a perfectly good one stop QF codeshare on EK.
QF will deliberately push one flight option over another to certain markets.
If QF weren’t deliberately funnelling the MEL traffic on to the flight via PER and more freely offered via SIN instead, then who would realistically be wanting to pick the PER-MEL as a stand-alone flight with all the additional international check in requirements and timeframes?
QF need to need keep the domestic leg of it as full as possible, so it makes sense to be targeting the traveller going all the way through.
To put simply and accurately, it is one flight that happens to use the same aircraft and same flight number from Melbourne to LHR via PER. It is no more difficult (from a passenger perspective) for a SYD passenger to join the flight.
Thinking overnight, I believe QF in this instance is definitely encouraging more MEL pax to use the service. From a simple cost perspective for example, loading and unloading bags once at MEL is a lower cost option than shifting half a plane full of bags from those transferring from SYD. Also, operationally it is simpler if they have issues, they can manage homogenous passengers more easily and simply.
So yeah, ive answered my own question but in a way that provides reasons instead of not.