You are dreaming about PER-LHR right? QF got there first.Not ideal for the partnership with VS but hopefully one day they can see fit to add a LHR-PER service
I’m suggesting VS might one day do PER-LHR not VA especially if they too deem HKG too big of a risk.You are dreaming about PER-LHR right? QF got there first.
Back in the real world, Virgin fly LHR to 2 huge cities in India as it is - Delhi and Mumbai.
The WA mining boom is behind us - forget about adding more A330 transcons, and look at something logical like INDIA to use those expensive leases profitably.
As I said direct service is near non-existent. Hence is worth looking at carefully.As for India there are good reasons QF don’t fly there either, don’t think VA would take the risk.
I have often wondered about India but surely AJ has crunched the numbers and there must be solid reasons why he hasn’t got QF in on the action. Jet Airways has already gone belly up and Air India isn’t fairing much better which suggests India is a very difficult marketAs I said direct service is near non-existent. Hence is worth looking at carefully.
The country has 1.3 Billion people or something, and the middle class numbers are exploding there, and AFAIK Air India has the only direct service - SYD-DEL. Why?
We went to Chennai at Xmas via Chengdu China and Bangkok for goodness sakes with bad connections, as the direct AI flight sold out months ahead.
Yes! We've been through this several times over the years with India, the problem is also geographically it can be served much better (with more convenient connections) through SIN, KUL & BKK as you get the fan effect of a hub. India is huge, but the problem is the biggest cites/hubs on both Australia (SYD/MEL) and India (BOM/DEL) are at the SE and NW corners of their respective countries. So to travel, say BNE-BLR might involve ridiculous BNE-SYD-DEL-BLR, instead of BNE-SIN/KUL/BKK-BLR.India is predominately low yield for a premium heavy aircraft.
Do a codeshare arrangement with SQ, and an extra timing out of MEL to supplement SQ's 5 daily! It is the busiest route out of Australia ...- SIN (too much competition, SQ already serves)