Member since 24 Apr 2012
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Member since 12 Dec 2012
Total posts 290
If only Qantas had taken the original planned order. 115 aircraft in a mix of firm orders, options and rights before they started defiring and cancelling until the JQ fleet was the last of the oringal firm orders and the first 5 options.
Member since 21 Mar 2017
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For those following this thread, QF now saying it wants higher passenger load capability out of the A350ULR or the Boeing 777-8 if it goes that way, putting the ball back into the court of Airbus and Boeing to make this theirs to win.
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 287
QF alone wouldn't have enough buying power to convince them to do that. They would need other customers as well.If Emirates can't convince Airbus to do an A380neo then QF may struggle to get this idea up.I'm sure eventually there will be viable options for flying direct to LHR and JFK but in just 5 years? That may be a bit ambitious.
The fact that Boeing built the 747-400ER because Qantas, and only Qantas, asked for it would suggest otherwise.
There was a freighter version of the 747-400ER though. Would there be a freighter version of a new ultra long haul plane?
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Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
I wonder whether QF has considered alternatives in the event that the manufacturers don't play ball.Such as say SYD-DRW-LHR and SYD-AKL-JFK but purely as a splash'n'go.You still have the advantage of a long flight segment which lets passengers plan their rest better, and don't have the usual 2-3hrs at a stand for full catering and cleaning. (Could also do other stops but you'd lose the benefit of the long segment)
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Member since 11 Dec 2016
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If a stop en route to JFK is still needed, then SYD-HNL-JFK is better instead of AKL.
Member since 20 Jun 2016
Total posts 1
Originally Posted by Madhatter49 :
But per US regulations, you'd have to clear US customs/immigration at HNL (port of first US entry) which slows the whole thing down. (Unless the US decides to expand pre-clearance to Australian ports.)
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