- Dec 6, 2004
They're still trying, and still getting nowhere.theaustralian.news.com.au said:SingAir locked out of US route
By Shane Wright
June 14, 2006
A FRESH effort by Singapore Airlines to get access to the lucrative Australia-US air route has crashed and burned after the Government said there was nothing in it for Australia.
Transport Minister Warren Truss said there was essentially no commercial benefit to Australia from allowing Singapore Airlines to compete on the route against Qantas and American carrier United Airlines.
He made the comments after a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who pushed Australia to re-think its initial decision to bar Singapore Airlines from the route. Singapore has long sought to get access to the trans-Pacific route which is one of the most lucrative in the world.
Earlier this year, after years of campaigning, the government decided to leave the route open only to American and Australian airlines.
Maybe they should just publicise their rack rates from Australia to LAX via SIN. I just compared J fares and found a big difference:
SQ: $ 8,800 (SYD-SIN-LAX)
QF: $11,000 (SYD-LAX)
UA: $10,500 (SYD-LAX)
Quite a difference. Granted that it's a longer trip but $2,000 is nothing to sneeze at.