Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:51 am
(Please correct this if it's wrong)
I've drafted up a 'list' of where all the QF 787's are currently utilised with their respective schedules (as per the QF website for July 2023).
Just wanted to get an idea on where they're all being used, and how things will pan out once the additional 3 787's come in and more A380's are re-activated.
All of the schedules are respective of the days they depart Aus, not when they return (i.e. the FCO service departs PER on M, W and Sat but departs FCO Tu, Thur, Sun)
This is also assuming the fact that QF receive the remaining 3 787's by June this year.
SYD-DFW - Daily - 2 Frames
SYD-JNB - Daily - 2 Frames
MEL/PER-LHR - Daily - 2 Frames
MEL-LAX - Daily - 2 Frames (Will be back to A380 eventually)
SYD-LAX "ADHOC" - 1 Weekly (Monday) - 1 Frame
SYD-YVR - 3 Weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) - 1 Frame
SYD/PER-FCO - 3 Weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) - 1 Frame
SYD-SCL - 4 Weekly (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) - 1/2 Frames (depending on the day)
SYD-SFO - 3 Weekly (Monday, Thursday, Saturday) - 1 Frame
SYD/AKL-JFK - 3 Weekly (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) - 1 Frame
(Obviously the list doesn't 'add up' to 14 frames... but this is A.net so I don't think I really need to explain that lol)
* SFO is a shadow of it's former pre-covid self. Operating 3 weekly ex SYD compared to the services from BNE/MEL/SYD back in early 2020. I wonder if QF will consider launching BNE-SFO with A330's sometime soon as they seem to have spare's + the range necessary. BNE-USA capacity is way down
* As per the QF schedule available on their site, MEL-LAX no longer has an "adhoc" service scheduled in. I assume with MEL-DFW now operating, they've shifted that capacity onto that new route
* The SYD-LAX adhoc flight is also down to only once a week - used to operate I believe on Tuesday's and Thursday's pre-covid? Correct me if I'm wrong. (QF17)
* Once the A380's return to MEL-LAX, my 'prediction' is that MEL-DFW will go daily. This will thus provide 1 spare 787. Either SFO capacity will be increased, or a new EU route launched, which brings me to my next point...
* With the Paris Olympics approaching in 2024, what are the chances QF launch PER-CDG in time for that? (Or even a SIN-CDG service on an A330 or spare A380 if plausible?). I know PER-CDG was heavily discussed pre-covid
* As pointed out above, it's highly unlikely that SYD-DFW will see the A380 again - so out of the current 787 routes, which would be the most likely to see it replaced with an A380? Does JNB have the demand? (I know HKG/SIN were mentioned to probably see the A380 again... but as QF could really use more 787's, what's their best 'action' to free some of them up?)
Anyway I just wanted more insight/opinion. I've become increasingly interested in route planning/fleet management, and I had some spare time today that I was happy to kill lol