|Quoting united787 (Reply 53):|
I would love to see a brief history of South America to New Zealand/Australia flights for QF, LA, NZ & AR and any others...
. Started service to AKL
in 1980 with a monthly! 742 via RGL
. It became bi weekly then weekly over time, an extension to HKG
was added briefly in the mid 1980s. SYD
was added around 1988 and came and went for a few years. By 1996/97 AR
operated 2-3 weekly 742s EZE
with an AN
743 operating SYD
to connect to this service which only lasted a few months. AR
then restarted AKL
with their own 742. The A342 came along around April 1999 operated 2 weekly flights and allowing the EZE
sector to operate non stop. There was a brief pull out around 2000/01 due to cost cutting and near company shutdown. They were back a few months later though. The flight did build up to 5 weekly in peak Southern summers with 3-4 weekly in winter through the mid 2000s. They loaded EZE
2 weekly non stop in 2008 when QF
never went ahead with that plan. And basically they are now at where they are planning EZE
non stop and dropping AKL
. They have always been pretty unreliable AFAIK.
2 weekly with a 744 in 1998 and operated through till mid 2002, there was briefly a third flight for 1 summer. They had planned SCL
services around 2003 but LAN got in with a QF
codeshare which proved popular and QF
never started SCL
at that time. They relaunched EZE
non stop in 2008 with a 744ER 3x weekly which operated through to March 2012. EZE
has been replaced by SCL
which is planned to bring greater connection opportunities through LAN.
3x weekly in mid 2002 with an A343, initially this was meant to be replaced by a QF
service to SCL
but the LA
service proved popular and was kept, it went 4 weekly in 2004 and 5 weekly in 2005 and daily in 2007. AFAIK LAN have done pretty well with this service and have the right aircraft for the route. They continue to codeshare with QF
have never been to South America yet somewhat surprisingly to some including me being that AR
flew low frequencies with 747s i'm surprised NZ
never tried EZE
with a 747 at some point. Brazil is the main market here and AR
connect a lot of PAX from there onto their own AKL
flights. Unfortunately aircraft like the 744 and A340 couldn't fly GIG
other than the A345 which none of the airlines operated.
are looking at South America with 787s which should be allowed to fly there long ETOPS routes in a few years and their 777s will aswell, weather any can operate GRU
with a decent load remains to be seen.
Other operators mainly from Asia have looked at South America through AKL
I believe but none have flown it yet, it remains to be seen who will try it first.