Related: DL will be pulling out of SYD-LAX until mid April (resumption date subject to change).
With this recent breaking news: This could now go either way for VA, either VA operates a drastically reduced SYD-LAX schedule (with BNE/MEL-LAX axed and funneled through SYD), or VA follows DL out the door.
For aircraft this means;
- All international flying suspended 30 March to 14 June
- Domestic capacity reduction of 50% until 14 June
- Equivalent to 53 aircraft on ground
- BNE-HND launch postponed
- MEL-DPS launch postponed
- MEL-LAX suspended from 20 March
- Reduced schedule to run between now and 30 March to get Australians home
- 34 x 737s (20 from domestic, 14 from international)
- 6 x A320s
- 2 x ATRs
- 6 x A330s (5 from domestic operations and 1 from international (HND))
- 5 x 777s
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Well, the Japanese government can take it back if they want but they'll have to find someone else to give it to and use immediately, otherwise take it back from them and give it to the next airline wanting extra slots at HND right now.There isn’t much else they could do once the 2 week quarantine policy was introduced. There’s no point flying empty planes. It’s still a major decision though. I wonder if they’ll get to keep their HND slot.
Well, the Japanese government can take it back if they want but they'll have to find someone else to give it to and use immediately, otherwise take it back from them and give it to the next airline wanting extra slots at HND right now.
That might prove difficult
I would pay money for hubby to deploy the slide and go down it - only way I ever want to experience it is in a controlled environmentCan VA organize tours of the grounded aircraft (in groups of 10 or less of course).
I'd pay money to sit in the coughpit of a 737/777/A330 that isn't going anywhere for a while..
It could even be an AFF benefit of some kind..
Alternately we could use all those grounded QAN plans to teach them about the priority boarding that gets so many complaints on the QAN threads.. that VA apparently do well
SQ is arguably worse-off
International travel will go to almost zero..
They don't have a domestic industry
Agreed. Why does everyone seem to assume they will still be sitting pretty after all this is over? Can't think of too many airlines that are likely to be affected worse!
Absolutely correct. No return on investment there, just wait until restructure comes post Cono and strike thenThe funny part is that there are still a few "analysts" and/or "armchair commentators" across the internet in the comments section across articles still claiming they're VA's "so-called saviour" and that SQ will "bail them out".
As we all know, SQ are no-where near that position financially, nor where they interested prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.