- Mar 9, 2017
Just saw the news, Qantas will cease operating services to and from Beijing (QF107 and QF108) for travel commencing in March 2020. No more direct flights on QF.
From Aus, PEK isn't really a transfer point given its geographic position.It would be good if Qantas had a one world partner that, you know, had a network in China?
Not helped by the 2215 arrival into PEK And, IIRC, the route got an unfair share of the 2-2-2 angled lie flats?From Aus, PEK isn't really a transfer point given its geographic position.
So not even a single flight attendant speaking Mandarin? And no 'decent' Chinese food when catering is loaded in PEK? Surprising....The lack of Chinese speaking flight attendants, and lack of authentic Chinese food options make Qantas a really bad choice for Chinese travellers...
On my few experiences flying between SYD and PVG on QF economy, there are but only a couple or so, probably one in each section of economy cabin. I didn't really pay much attention since I can talk in English, but for other travellers, who can't speak English at all, it's gonna be hard to wait and find the handful Mandarin speaking FA. It's also always fun to watch during the food & drink ordering process.So not even a single flight attendant speaking Mandarin? And no 'decent' Chinese food when catering is loaded in PEK? Surprising.
While anti-dumping legislation (for other products, not aviation) can be hypocritical given how Australia's best interests are served by trade that's as free as possible, interesting that Neil Hansford partly blames 'dumping' of seats by mainland Chinese carriers for this relatively short lived QF route's demise:
Qantas will drop its Sydney to Beijing service from March, blaming a lift in the capacity of Chinese carriers on the route and soft demand from premium passengers.www.brisbanetimes.com.au
Fascinating post, but don't worry, in Oz we have State Premiers who stupidly think it's a good use of public money to subsidise international airlines....As the dumping seats, it will be a slightly different story from Chinese side. Many of the new added flights are sponsored by local city government to try to make the city looks more "glorious" with long-haul international flights. It's more a way for the city mayor to show off his contribution which will benefit their future career. We have seen many flights of this type axed after the subsidy (usually 3 years) is over, but there are many more to come, since every 2nd tier city would love to be a global city. I doubt there is much motivation for defeating QF or other carriers by adding more seats.