|Quoting thegeek (Reply 51):|
I'd wonder if flying to MEL would be more likely? With the reluctance of QF to fly internationally from points other than SYD, they could keep the market to themselves. I guess the question is did the VA flight fail just because of the ETOPS diversion (probably not), so could SA succeed where VA failed?
ETOPS would not have helped at all, but yields were fairly low from what I had heard.
I think that SAA could do better, with the right aircraft and the feed at JNB. If they were to have an interline agreement atleast from/into MEL with VA/DJ, things get a lot more promising though. VA had good feed into MEL but had a dead end in JNB.
I know MEL airport and the Vic govt are pushing hard for a route to JNB, so I guess we will just have to wait and see. I definately see no point in SAA flying to SYD though given QF's flights.