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UA to increase LAX-MEL frequency March 2015

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UNITED from 08MAR15 plans to increase Los Angeles – Melbourne operation, with the addition of 7th weekly service. Boeing 787-9 operates this route, starting 26OCT14.
Schedule from 08MAR15 to 26MAR15 as follow.
UA098 LAX2130 – 0715+2MEL 789 4
UA098 LAX2230 – 0815+2MEL 789 x4

UA099 MEL1015 – 0650LAX 789 x6
UA099 MEL1415 – 1050LAX 789 6

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Isn't MEL daily at the moment with the SYD-MEL tag?
This would just be an increase due to getting another 789.
 

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Isn't MEL daily at the moment with the SYD-MEL tag?
This would just be an increase due to getting another 789.
The direct flights start in October when the tag flights stop.
 

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QF needs the 789 so they can go to SFO. They should also consider running MEL-AKL-DFW in addition to SYD-DFW-BNE-SYD
 

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QF needs the 789 so they can go to SFO. They should also consider running MEL-AKL-DFW in addition to SYD-DFW-BNE-SYD
They should, but they won't. They don't have the aircraft, even if they wanted to (the needed aircraft are going to JQ).
 

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Yes it really is just a matter of opinion/conjecture about whether QF will exercise the options on the 787-9s or not. I have not seen anything encouraging or indicating that QFi will receive new aircraft from what QF management is saying lately but the real question is when the options will actually expire, when or if there is an expiry date on these options QF have to either put up or shut up about the B787-9 and order them, or let the options lapse. I have heard that the B787-9 options are at quite a favourable price so I guess we will see.
 

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QF needs the 789 so they can go to SFO. They should also consider running MEL-AKL-DFW in addition to SYD-DFW-BNE-SYD
SFO is neither a business destination, nor a partner hub for onwards connections, so SFO will not happen.

MEL-AKL-DFW seems more logical.
 

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SFO is neither a business destination, nor a partner hub for onwards connections, so SFO will not happen.

MEL-AKL-DFW seems more logical.
I agree that it won't happen, but SFO is certainly a business destination (IT anyone :) ?) And a tourist destination at least the equal of LAX.
 

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SFO is neither a business destination, nor a partner hub for onwards connections, so SFO will not happen.

MEL-AKL-DFW seems more logical.
The AA-US merger reduces the argument that SFO is not much of a hub. But I would agree that a MEL-AKL-DFW would take priority.
 

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Isn't IAH a hub for UA instead of DFW?

I would have thought UA/NZ would prefer to do AKL-IAH instead of DFW.
 
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The AA-US merger reduces the argument that SFO is not much of a hub. But I would agree that a MEL-AKL-DFW would take priority.
How does it reduce the argument, SFO is not a hub for either :confused:, it is a hub for UA (and maint base) as well as VX.
 

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Not sure i would want to travel Y on a UA787 as the seats are narrower to accomodate row of 9 compared to the 767 it replaces which traditionally carried 8 across.
 

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Not sure i would want to travel Y on a UA787 as the seats are narrower to accomodate row of 9 compared to the 767 it replaces which traditionally carried 8 across.
Haven't the majority of airlines gone for 9 across on their 787's?
 
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