BA to quit Kangaroo Route?

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  1. roryg

    roryg Junior Member

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    #1 roryg, Aug 2, 2006
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2006
    I haven't seen it mentioned here - so apologies if it has - but TravelMole.com is reporting that:

    "...it is thought that BA will soon withdraw [from the kangaroo route] allowing its OneWorld partner Qantas [to] operate the route."
    (Full report in my post below)


    I was wondering what others here thought about this? Is it likely or not? Is there any substance to the rumour?


    Rory

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  2. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Looking at recent BA loads from Aus I would not be surprised. There are always FF seats available to SIN and BKK right up until the last day.


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  3. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    I wouldn't be suprised either.

    Flying SIN/BKK-SYD/MEL for BA involves a lot of work whereas Qantas definately has a big advantage in that space.

    They are constantly having sales, which to me doesn't bode well that they have lots of pax wanting to pay top dollar for seats.

    If they leave, I won't particularly miss them. The loss of WT+ will be the biggest downside I think as well as the reduction of award seats available.
     
  4. roryg

    roryg Junior Member

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    Apologies.

    Full article was about Austrian "leaving" Australia:

     
  5. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    No problem.

    It is a shame that we now have no continental European carriers flying to Australia but it is understandable and expected due to the challenge that has been presented by Middle Eastern and SE Asian carriers.
     
  6. N860CR

    N860CR Established Member

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    As mentioned, it could present a problem with award point availability. Most of my award flights between SYD and SIN/BKK have been on BA as the availability is generally better.

    Interestingly, I did a search for an award flight BKK-SYD early next year on the QFF site and it listed the BA flight operated by a 777. Is it possible BA might just be downsizing the aircaft and not pulling out?
     
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