Question on QF and LA.
Some years ago, QF and SA were prevented from working together on the South African route as there was insufficient completion. Are we going to get to the same decision point for QF/LA at some stage? Both of them are codesharing on each others services, though not sure of the revenue share and schedule coordination aspects of this. Is there something different about this agreement to the SA/QF one? LA has the bigger network though QF is soon go to daily on SYD-SCL, and could conceivably offer MEL and/or BNE services with relative ease with another 789 frame or two. Is NZ competition on AKL-EZE enough of a difference?
Given DL’s newish financial interest in LA, I can only imagine who they would prefer to have as a partner in Australia.
It could be interesting when they current QF/LA agreement is due again.
It’s not without precedent with AM and VA applying for a codeshare.
Delta have a 20% shareholding in LA. Other than the US-South America JBA their opinion counts for very little. They have no equity interest in VA at all, so their opinion is utterly meaningless outside of the US-Australia JBA. So long as the QF-LA partnership makes money for both sides, and continues to be approved by both the ACCC and their Chilean counterparts,* then it will continuem
*On that, don't forget that it was Chile that blocked the AA-LA JBA, it had already been approved by Brazil and Argentina
Agree it probably makes money currently so no reason to upset the deal, however it could be asked if QF didn’t have a deal with LA, would they still be competitive to SCL?
What started off as just a OneWorld partner hub and then turned in to an actual agreement between the two airlines could falter if QF had no partner at SCL.
Theoretically LA could end the QF arrangement, do a deal for domestic on carriage in Aus with VA, and see how long QF survives on the SCL route, potentially ending up with the route to themselves.
If it got too difficult at SCL, or even just made more money elsewhere, there’s no shortage of destinations QF could put a 787 (as you’d imagine it would be in a few years time)