|Quoting gasman (Reply 112):|
But an EK 772 would work on the route. Wouldn't be able to be at MTOW out of WLG, but this shouldn't matter if your first destination is the east coast of Australia.
This is an interesting possibility, I've often wondered whether WLG
would be feasible for EK
. There are a number of hurdles that would need to be overcome for this to work, the major one being the additional frequency rights EK
would need from Australia.
were to fly to WLG
they would surely do so from SYD
, which would necessitate them adding an extra SYD
flight with a 77W. I can't see them adding a direct DXB
77W flight (this may even violate their QF
agreement, A380s operate all the direct SYD
flights now?), it would have to be another milk run route through Asia which seems unlikely.
If they were granted extra frequencies accross the Tasman, it seems more likely that they would add an extra CHC
route, with QF
code-sharing I'm sure they could make MEL
work these days. EK
have a 77W sitting in MEL
each day which would be able to operate a TT
sector with a small schedule adjustment to allow it. I know CHC
airport see this as a likely possibility in the next 2-3 years.
The aircraft type is also a big problem, I doubt EK
77W's with their relatively dense seating arrangement could be operated from WLG
without severe limitations, even on a 3.5 hr sector. I think EK
have made it pretty clear that they will not operate anything smaller than a 77W to the major Australian cities, even ADL
was launched with a 77W.
I think if WLG
is going to secure a wide-body service in the near term it is likely to be a trans-Tasman tag on with a smaller Asian airline (ala CI
etc.) looking to pick up some extra revenue on their Australian services.