I’d be betting on the pride… particularly given the personalities involved at the top of ZL.If the manure hits the ventilation system then Rex can jettison the 737s. Their Saabs are efficient, and regional routes command premium pricing, especially where they're the only game in town. The question is wether or not they'll be sensible enough to do that before the jets become an albatross around their neck, or will pride get in the way?
Will be a while (if at all) before REX sends their mainline 737s into BNE. Paywall articles suggest that BNE management told REX off after rejecting their 'demands' of discounted landing/ground fees (and were laughed off by rivals) at their recent meeting.
Keep in mind that when VA1 had the Embraers, their leasing costs actually meant that they cost similar to run to the 737's (not on per seat, but total costs). The ATR's might have been used on some leisure routes (MEL-LST, SYD-PMQ/CFS, BNE-BDB/GLT/ROK) however they rarely seemed to be an upgauge/downgauge situation in the past.Interesting point actually. Will make marginal jet ops very hard to turn a dime. This will also impact VA2 who only have large gas guzzling 737s on their marginal leisure routes too (eg Tassie, QLD) now they have no ATR’s, Embraers to use.
It's a long way between Sydney and Wollongabba....I assume that you mean Wollongong?777's 'niche approach' such as OOL to Sydney-Wollongabba or OOL to Melbourne-Essendon on their 737-8 Maxes would be a very novel approach.
I just did a quick add up of the northern Shoalhaven City (between Sussex Inlet and Berry) and it comes to about 82000 people which Albatross (NOA) could easily serve. A lot of holiday areas as well that double in size in summer.A milk run might be viable using a Dash 8 or a Saab 340, but not with a 737.
You would also need passenger screening upgrades to be paid for as well. IIRC that may have been why QFlink only used the Dash 8-200 on WOL-MEL. No screening facilities at Wollongong, but arriving passengers screened at Melbourne.
Perhaps I'm reading into this too much but saying they're at 100% vaccinated on duty is different to 100% of frontline staff.Rex has announced that they are the first airline in Australia with all their frontline staff on duty fully vaccinated.
Wow that book could have a lot of chapters:In unrelated news I’m writing a book ‘How to lose as much money on an airline in Australia as humanly possible’