A route like bne-hnd is shorter than mel-hkg which cx and qf operate a333 on already
Good to know, thanks.The A333s definitely have the range to do MEL/BNE-HND.
The A333s definitely have the range to do MEL/BNE-HND.
MEL-NRT is looking less likely given that JQ is already operating on the route. Just saw some old press release back in 2002 annoucing the commencement of the MEL-NRT route (using 763s as there were no A330s back then). The route was dropped in 2008.
Good news! The location of HND is better.
The one thing I do love about NRT is the JL F lounge. How is the new JL F lounge in HND?
SYD will likely go to HND to maximise the premium traffic, the NRT slots will be either BNE or MEL
Would be interesting to see JQ pushed off MEL-NRT replaced by QF for a change in addition to QF BNE-NRT flights!
actually they just a couple of months ago opened a brand new F lounge http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2014/09/jal-reveals-new-luxury-lounge-in-haneda-2/
Syd-Tokyo goes down slightly, but forcing connecting traffic through MEL/BNE (poor WP/P1s if BNE) probably means about the same or more seats for the direct flyers.
I can't see QF putting both QF and JQ on the same route (MEL-NRT). I'd think BNE would be more likely of the two. With that in mind, isn't there a planned refurb due for the BNE lounge? I wouldn't be surprised to see any new BNE lounge becoming similar to the QF lounges in SIN/HKG, with perhaps some limited WP/WP1 benefits.