qf002 wrote:Gemuser wrote:Given the flight length, turn around time, QF's LHR slot times & SYD curfew I doubt that two aircraft will be enough for daily service. The current [pre COVID] via SIN one stop services required 5.5 for SYD/MEL-LHR & that could be a problem at times. Until we see the actual times published we really can't make definite predictions on number of frames, QF, of course, can but AFAIK such details have not been released.
Yes, obviously it will come down to final schedules (which we are over 2 years away from seeing) but QF has demonstrated that they are focused on maximising utilisation and with 20hr block time you can comfortably run this schedule with 2x aircraft (Mar-Oct timings):
Depart SYD 1900, arr LHR 0600+1
Depart LHR 1000, arr SYD 1500+1
The benefit of the nonstop is that you have your plane in the air for 20hr a day and only need one block of time on the ground in each 24hr period. There will also be opportunities to dovetail into schedules across the Pacific where block times will be a little shorter.
I agree totally with the benefits you list of running each route with 2 frames, I just doubt the practicality of it, this far out. From memory QF earliest departure slot from LHR is 12:30, one is later in the afternoon & two are late evening [this could have changed & I missed it]. Of course if they can swap slots around with BA this limitation could go away, but would need BA's agreement.
As you say its over 2 years away, and everything could change so we shall see what we shall.