Qantas joins Japan Airlines in joint venture [rejected by ACCC]

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Cairns to Japan flights with QF/JAL announced as part of the proposed JV deal

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Moves afoot for Cairns as Qantas–Japan Airlines set to return​



MOVES are afoot to bring back Qantas direct flights between Cairns and Japan, with Qantas seeking a joint venture with Japan Airlines (JAL) which would make the service viable.


 

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Sounds like this will either be in addition to or replace the JQ flights between CNS and NRT?
 

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Cairns to Japan flights with QF/JAL announced as part of the proposed JV deal

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Moves afoot for Cairns as Qantas–Japan Airlines set to return​



MOVES are afoot to bring back Qantas direct flights between Cairns and Japan, with Qantas seeking a joint venture with Japan Airlines (JAL) which would make the service viable.


It would be great if it eventuated, but I would file this under 'wishful thinking' by the Cairns Post, and also to be filed under 'Things you tease to get ACCC approval to get the JAL/QF JV over the line, but have no intention of actually doing.' I guess if Covid19 continues to stop travel to Hawaii and Bali and if Australia remains relatively Covid free, and the respective governments can get their act together then the Japanese-Australia market could be in for a revival.

I hope its true though - given the choice of booking JQ or JAL I know which one I would be booking.
 

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This is the Qantas submission to the ACCC on 18 March, if anyone's interested:


The letter states that Qantas would be looking to introduce 3x weekly A330 Cairns-Tokyo flights which would complement (not replace) the existing Jetstar CNS-NRT and CNS-KIX flights.

The letter also says:

This new Cairns-Tokyo service would be offered as an alternative to the potential introduction of another new Australasia-Japan route already confidentially flagged in the application...

In other words, the Cairns service would be instead of a potential new service to Japan from (perhaps) AKL, ADL or PER.

The letter goes on to mention that a QF Cairns-Tokyo route could support the growth of Cairns as a mini-hub and strengthen the business case for another new international route from Cairns which isn't specified (I wonder if this refers to the AKL-CNS service just announced?).

There haven't been that many other ACCC submissions about the proposed QF/JL joint venture, but I did notice that the Premier of SA made a submission in support of the JV in the hope it could lead to a new service from Adelaide to Tokyo (wishful thinking, perhaps?).

 
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This is the Qantas submission to the ACCC on 18 March, if anyone's interested:

The letter states that Qantas would be looking to introduce 3x weekly A330 Cairns-Tokyo flights which would complement (not replace) the existing Jetstar CNS-NRT and CNS-KIX flights.

Interesting....

With the new CNS/AKL service they could one day hub kiwis through CNS to Japan ;)
 

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Interesting....

With the new CNS/AKL service they could one day hub kiwis through CNS to Japan ;)

I'm speculating here, but I get the feeling that their original ACCC submission may have involved a new JL Auckland-Tokyo service. Now that QF is starting AKL-CNS flights (announced this week), I wonder if they've changed this to QF doing Cairns-Tokyo. (Hence the discussion also in the letter about Cairns becoming a mini-hub for Qantas international.)
 

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Interesting article in the media advising closer QF/JAL request to enable closer fare and marketing co-operation is to be blocked by the ACCC.
 

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