In regards to the Oceania rumours.. I can see the press releases now..
"Emirates unveils a new Capital Connect service, with Direct service into Australia's capital Canberra, with a seamless connection onto New Zealand's national capital, Wellington. The 77L operating this service will be a great option for these cities, with a capacity of 8 first class suites /42 business class /216 economy all equipped with our award winning inflight entertaiment ICE." Initially starting at 5 x week, these flights will go daily from June 2016
airports/cities would throw money EK
's way to make it happen
The capacity of the aircraft is the smallest in the EK
flight, suited to places like CBR
. (its like a longer range 330!) and Ek will benefit from all the very loyal government CBR
travellers, and there will be sufficient leisure yield in the premium classes.
It also gives SW SYD
Passengers an extra evening direct option. EK would make the CBR flights cheaper to increase yield on the SYD 380 services. (not to mention the CBR pax thaty may of been on this service would now be on the direct option, opening up more seats for SYD)
I would envisage timing similar to the SYD
flights, with a longer stop in CBR
for the morning to pickup early MEL
arrivals onwards to WLG
1045/0715 0945-1415 1600-1730 2030-0515
Realistically only 4/20/120 pax from CBR
to put in, 4/20/100 from WLG
with room to add in O & D pax and some freight, this could be a real winner!
A late arrival into CBR
around 2215, turning straight round to depart at 2345
I had thought of a DXB-SIN-CBR-WLG rotation, but I think that even though that would serve multiple purposes, the higher-yielding pax ex CBR would rather transit SYD/MEL if another stop was involved. A direct DXB would be the only way to really get that kind of service off the ground.
The smaller capacity of the 77L could also encourage one of the MEL
flights to be de-linked
I don't mind the idea of some sort of service up to DRW
; that could be interesting!
[Edited 2015-06-14 04:57:30]