New Qatar Flights to Aus

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QFflyer_10

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Aug 2022

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Hi all,

I was just reading the story about Qatar’s ambitions to double flights into Australia. It stated that they needed approval from the Feds to upgrade to “21 flights per week” between Doha and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This could be catastrophic for QF as QR’s hard product is significantly better than QF’s and with sky high fares, loyalty (about the only thing keeping them a float along with taxpayers money) customers might not last long. My question is will the Feds give them approval. I am not an expert and I don’t know the pros and cons for both parties.

Cheers,

QFflyer_10

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 399

Airfares are so high, i do not see any good reason for rejection, plus it increases competition, and QF does not even fly to DOH. I think this is more of a government decision, if it was left to ACCC, this would have been given the all clear straight up, i think. Qantas cannot say they dislike this, because they do not have enough aircraft in the first lace.

QFflyer_10

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Aug 2022

Total posts 22

Thanks @mscooper,

You make some very good points. In regards to your 2nd argument, the fact that QF doesn’t fly to DOH, I think this would hinder QF as their sales on their services to LHR and FCO might decrease as (again) QR’s hard product is better than QF’s and their fares are lower. Also this could be good for us customers as QR are not using the A350 due to some paint reason so we could get some more A380 services. With QF cutting the superjumbo left, right and centre, and that plane being by far the most popular aircraft with consumers, QF could again be disadvantaged,

Cheers,

QFflyer_10

Dan22

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Aug 2013

Total posts 153

There's be only a small % that will pay more for a better product. Majority including companies just go with cheapest fare as possible, even those that fly business.

QFflyer_10

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Aug 2022

Total posts 22

Thanks @Dan22,

This is true. Maybe this is why companies often choose QF instead of SQ when going to Europe. SQ are a well oiled machine.

Cheers,

QFflyer_10

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