|Quoting pa747sp (Reply 57):|
If EK dont operate the three TransTasman A380 sectors (BNE/SYD/MEL-AKL) then those a/c will sit on the ground all day in Australia. EK will continue to operate because it's better to have them earning some money, rather than 12hours + sat doing nothing.
For awhile it was cheaper to fly them across to AKL
than have then sit on the ground in Australia. It was said the revenue they picked up with passengers and cargo was better than paying Australia to sit on the ground.
Whatever the actual decision was, it must be working. By the end of October almost 2000 seats per day out of AKL
, 1500 to Australia alone. Saves QF
operating 8 738 roundtrips, throw in LAN or LATAM 789, plus the CHC
Same capacity as 11 738 round trips per day.
I wonder if at some point AA
will extend their LAX
service to MEL
to offer a second entry point into Aust.
Also wonder with CI
becoming a player in the Trans Tasman market with CHC
if they will continue to steadily increase. At this stage they will be offering 15 flights per week between NZ
and Aust. They were talking of putting A350 into AKL
market in 2017.
When will New Zealand's infrastructure break with this tourism. The hotels chains must be loving it at the moment.