Qantas to fly to Delhi from Sydney & Melbourne

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Most flights around this time have practically sold out and are overselling economy with available j class seats.
Very popular route going outbound.

Hasn't major competitor SQ drastically reduced its flights into India, at least for the time being?

It only appears to be flying once a day into each of New Delhi and Mumbai from Singapore, so may not have the number of daily seats it and the now folded in MI used to have. It also flies four days a week into Bangalore.

Large numbers of Indians used SQ, as did I in recent pre-COVID times when visiting.
 

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Hasn't major competitor SQ drastically reduced its flights into India, at least for the time being?

It only appears to be flying once a day into each of New Delhi and Mumbai from Singapore, so may not have the number of daily seats it and the now folded in MI used to have. It also flies four days a week into Bangalore.

Large numbers of Indians used SQ, as did I in recent pre-COVID times when visiting.

India have "suspended international flights" for the most part, with special approval being needed at the moment for flights so i expect that's a large part of it.

 
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QF must be very confident at the moment, they have on the 07 Jan, put 2 international flights out of ADL -> DEL. both QF67 and QF69.
Would be so nice if they brought back ADL -> SIN direct again.
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If I've understood things correctly, India is now "open" again to vaccinated travellers (no quarantine), so I wonder if this means we'll see schedules revert to daily on either of these routes?
 

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Supposedly the only reason these planes call into ADL is to get more fuel for the long haul.
Not sure if the planes pick enough pax in ADL, though we have a large India Indian population here, either working or studying here.
Currently, its probably a niche market.

The stop in ADL is also beneficial for crewing reasons. E.g. if they flew MEL-DEL nonstop, the crew duty time would be sufficiently long that QF would be required to give them lie-flat crew rests. There are no such crew rests on the A330-200, so this would mean potentially blocking off 20 Y seats (which then can't be sold). They can get away with this on the return leg because the flight time from DEL-MEL is shorter.

This wouldn't be an issue if a 789 was used on the route (as this has proper crew rests anyway), but I can't see QF doing this because it's too premium-heavy for that market.
 
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Looks like MEL-DEL will be operating non-stop after 17 July...
 

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The stop in ADL is also beneficial for crewing reasons. E.g. if they flew MEL-DEL nonstop, the crew duty time would be sufficiently long that QF would be required to give them lie-flat crew rests. There are no such crew rests on the A330-200, so this would mean potentially blocking off 20 Y seats (which then can't be sold). They can get away with this on the return leg because the flight time from DEL-MEL is shorter.

Great information but if there are 10 flight attendants on the A332 (correct me if I've got numbers understated), wouldn't only a maximum of say three or four be 'resting' concurrently?

Hence if each took up three seats, that's up to 12 whY seats unable to be sold, not 20.
 

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The new Syd-BLR and SYD-ICN flights are also partially subsidised by the NSW Government and the Sydney Airport Corporation (SAC) under the NSW Government version of the 'Attracting Aviation Investment Fund', joining Queensland and Victoria trying to entice service with subsidies.
 

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The stop in ADL is also beneficial for crewing reasons. E.g. if they flew MEL-DEL nonstop, the crew duty time would be sufficiently long that QF would be required to give them lie-flat crew rests. There are no such crew rests on the A330-200, so this would mean potentially blocking off 20 Y seats (which then can't be sold). They can get away with this on the return leg because the flight time from DEL-MEL is shorter.

This wouldn't be an issue if a 789 was used on the route (as this has proper crew rests anyway), but I can't see QF doing this because it's too premium-heavy for that market.

That answer above was months ago, sorry, but wouldn't the cost of the intermediate stop outweigh any cost savings from being able to sell additional whY tickets?

With DEL-MEL (southeast bound) taking as much as 12:13 in the air, plus preparing the cabins, welcoming passengers and aircraft taxiing, can QFi 'get away' with having limited/informal crew rest facilities?
 
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SYD - DEL via ADL had stopped end of Mar, no flights originating in SYD - ADL - DEL since 23/03/22.
QF would earn some $ from savvy ADL based Indians wanting to go to DEL direct, and to pick up freight.
With the only one flight now, QF would be making some $.
Haven't checked to see if QF 067 is flying SYD - DEL direct at the moment or not.
 

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