|Quoting bbbb (Reply 136):|
A daily HKG would need one A330 to pull off, of course contingent on what slots they end up with, but PEK would require 1.5-2 frames per day. Even if we assume the worst case, that's a total of 3 A330s per day required. That leaves an A330 for BNE, MEL and SYD (or even just MEL and SYD, and go back to 738s on BNE transcons) which would be sufficient. I don't think there's any urgent need for more A330s under the stated plans.
The problem is if VA go down to 3 A330's for domestic, their product consistency will be ridiculous. They've put so much money and effort into advertising their coast to coast A330 flights - it would sure as make alot of top-tier frequent fliers very angry to see more 737's than A330's in the schedules.
A couple of 332's shouldn't be too hard to get a hold of these days.