travelhound wrote:anstar wrote:travelhound wrote:
As you state there are quite a few destinations in Asia that JQ could develop. With there being large groups of Asian resident populations living in Australia you would think JQ would be doing back flips to target these groups. Unfortunately, their core market seems to be centered around Caucasians.
Isn't their latest route OOL-ICN just that? I can't see it being operated for Australians to go to Korea... Its targeting Koreans coming to Australia just like the Tokyo flights target inbound tourists.
Not arguing with you, but (I suppose I am) if we go back ten years Jetstar were flying A330's out of Singapore. Somewhere along the continuum Jetstar (or QANTAS) decided the were going to put the Jetstar airlines into a holding mode.
Maybe Jetstar will start to grow again when the A321LR's arrive.
I still remember back to the days that JQ, DJ and Impulse came along and it was a near weekly game of what route comes next. Times certainly changed now, as it’s more likely to try and guess what route is being cut next.
Maybe I just look back on those times with a certain nostalgia, but it certainly was a time of huge change, nervousness but excitement mixed in too - AN collapsing certainly was a big hit but the opportunities it opened up where significant.
Seeing Impulse launch their MEL flights at T2 was an interesting sight, and just goes to show how things have changed as these days there is no way T2 could handle those flights given how busy it now is.
I honestly think the Australian market is fairly maxed out in terms of domestic growth options, and trying to initiate new international markets has its challenges too. It’s only a limited overall size that airlines can work with afterall, so usually they are just cutting into each other’s customer base to fill seats, as generating new demand becomes challenging.
I think that JQ receiving the A321XLR will allow them to be more creative with their route network, given the reduced risks of flying planes will less seats to fill. Ultimately, this is likely why a reduction in the 788 fleet will be on the agenda, given that the XLR will offer range to fly CNS-Japan and MEL/SYD far deeper into South East Asia.