Easier said than done.There was some talk awhile back that once VS and VA tightened up their partnership that some friendlier connection times may happen down the track.
Currently VA operates SYD-HKG 10:15/16:35 and HKG-SYD 19:15/07:40
Currently VS operates LHR-HKG 21:00/16:55 and HKG-LHR 23:55/04:50
Assuming slots, VS could really only move an LHR-HKG an hour later, but not HKG-LHR any earlier. So it would arrive at 17:55. VA could move back 3 hrs outbound and 2 hrs inbound, arriving in HKG at 19:35 and departing at 21:15 , which would give 4:20 connection to LHR and 3:20 on the way back. But what then happens to China bound traffic? Is a 09:40 arrival into SYD competitive? And in the uber crowded AU-LHR market, are 4 hour connections competitive?