|Quoting Fastphilly (Reply 51):|
Qantas dumped SFO for DFW for a 3.1 million dollars cash up front incentive. Plus payed their marketing fees and huge discounted landing fees. Let's not make out like the Metroplex is some mecca for Oceanic O&D.
Incentives are standard practice across the industry: airlines need assurance before they commit to flying a $250mn piece of equipment halfway around the world, plus fuel, crews etc. Cities do the same thing with tax breaks, business offer incentives to new clients. DFW
's incentives for QF
expired awhile ago, and yet QF
hasn't packed up.
's inclination to scale back their longhaul network, even reducing Singapore, indicates that no route is sacred to them, not even Dallas. If Dallas' economics weren't working out in some way, the route would have been cut. My guess is that QF
7/8 may lose money as standalone flights, but those pax may make a difference across QF
's trans-tasman and domestic networks, giving extra lift to PER
etc. Perhaps AA
provides those pax over DFW
couldn't access via SFO
. Users here who are far more educated than me can and have postulated answers to the QF
question, which now approaches NW
/DL DC-9 retirement levels.
|Quoting Fastphilly (Reply 59):|
I am not bashing on DFW I just like many others question QF's logic for leaving a proven city that can work with a 744ER to a location that cannot utilize the 744ER in a way to make the route profitable.
While doing it on a thread about whether the ME3 can make DFW
work when they, aside from EK
, have skipped over your beloved SFO
for now. My own answer to the ME3 thread topic: San Fransisco has much more competition to South Asia via Europe and even Asia than Dallas does at the moment. Dallas is probably lower hanging fruit for the ME3. Last I checked, QF
is not a Middle Eastern carrier, even with their EK
Fastphilly, you pose great questions, but your legitimacy is undermined by posing these questions in a framework of San Fransisco's cosmopolitan superiority to Dallas, rather than on Dallas' own strengths and weaknesses.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...