Antarius wrote:I don't think QF is doing it for ego purposes. Every report has indicated that LHR-PER has exceeded expectations. SYD is a major business center, so there is a case to be made.
I was under the impression that the QF flight originated in Melbourne, and flies to Perth. At Perth new passengers embark to LHR.
Given that there already is a nonstop Perth to London, could QF have a B787-9 that flies from SYD to PER, but no one can embark or disembark, it is a pure refueling stop before flying on to LHR. Would such a flight compete favorably on time with a nonstop SYD-LHR?
Antarius wrote:That said, AKL is not SYD and it is a lot further. So what makes sense for QF may not for NZ.
For starters, Auckland has a smaller population than Perth. I am sure they are better off with 8 nonstops to the Americas.
Air New Zealand: AKL-
HNL 7,063 km
EZE 10,334 (Buenos Aires)
YVR 11,335 (Vancouver)