The 797 is an interesting proposition for QF. There is clearly a need for something bigger than the 737. The golden triangle needs it during peak hours. The west coast needs it during peak hours. They need to move cargo around.
The 330 works but it is a lot of plane and weight for what are essentially 2 to 5 hour hops.
The 321 is an interesting proposition but I don’t think it gives QF enough. QF have no issue filling a 767/330 during peak hours. I think the 321 will be too small.
The capital city flying is only going to increase. Sure there may be a bit of leakage to Badgerys Creek when it finally opens but for the next 25-50 years I can’t see anything changing at SYD or MEL that won’t encourage a movement to larger than 737 flying.
I appreciate your point, but will (with global) market demands, a 797 be optimized for the east coast triangle? Yes, I know, some Asian sectors in between etc etc, but I do not see Boeing providing an Aircraft to suit this type of operation, especially considering the other operators (and their requirements & potential purchase volumes) who have indicated interest. Has Airbus got anything more optimized? No, not really, so no fanboyism here, but in my humble personal opinion, AJ s signals are too early to be taken serious, they may just as well be something we have seen a lot of recently at various global carriers to get the leverage on pricing they desire with both OEMs.
I dare not judge which way this one is going, am just a little weary at the fact that it appears as though all eggs are in the 797 basket just yet, despite the fanfare.....