cedarjet wrote:Is Brisbane the Aussie end of the route because of range? Otherwise I don’t get it. 75% of traffic will have to take a domestic flight from Sydney or Melbourne first, so it’s no improvement on going via LAX on QF/AA or via AKL on NZ.
Reminds me of the people who said after the success of PER LHR that Perth would get nonstops to Frankfurt and Paris. Frankfurt and Paris have been attempted from Sydney without success, but Perth, country town with a CBD consisting of two streets is getting nonstops?!
So how come Brisbane of all places, another small country town, is in the frame for a nonstop to Chicago ahead of Sydney or Melbourne?
Range wise the 787 only has legs to BNE and not SYD. Plus connections are good for Brisbane you can get to most of Australia/NZ via Brisbane like Sydney. Which looks like the purpose of the route from Brisbane to be able to offer 1 stop connections in the states like qf7/8 DFW is for Sydney.