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An item that has been speculated on for a while regarding the base for the new B787-9 fleet has been resolved.
Qantas announced yesterday (29 Aug) that Brisbane (BNE) would be the formal base for the soon-to-be-acquired B787-9 fleet.
Much speculation on AUSBT had MEL anointed as the 'blessed' city to host the new fleet / base, so I'll happily admit to a 'told you so' moment.
The first 4, arriving between October and March, are being based at MEL. The announcement yesterday (which already has a thread), was for the 2nd batch, arriving July 18 through December 18.
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Replacing the daily 747 BNE-LAX service with a 787 implies a 35% reduction in capacity. That’s quite a significant downsize on this route. Unless of course they intend on establishing a second North American route from BNE with the other 2 Dreamliners.
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At the press conference Joyce effectively said.
Aircraft 5,6 on BNE-LAX (and possibly onto JFK)
Aircraft 7,8 on BNE-SEA/DFW/ORD/YVR (Seattle, Dallas, Chicago or Vancouver) with final choice yet to be determined.
Net impact would be an increase in seats to North America.
My personal guess is Chicago would be the strongest chance, as an AA hub, and doesn't compete with SYD-DFW
With the 747 fleet reduction, if the don't do a AU-YVR with the 787s, they won't have the aircraft for the YVR flight.I'd expect a BNE-YVR with 787 7-8, then new routes with a possible 3rd batch.The DXB changes announced today account for the 'spare' A380 mentioned before. 3 A380 in MEL, 8 in SYD and 1 in MNL during off peak.
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Originally Posted by bl5965 :
I don't think you're quite right - according to the newsroom, the first four will be based in Melbourne, and the next four will be based in Brisbane :)
Might need to half-retract that 'told you so'!
The aircraft are to be based in Melbourne and Brisbane but the crew are spread across the bases; pilots in Perth, Melbourne and later Brisbane and the cabin crew in Perth, Melbourne and London and later Brisbane when the aircraft operations commence from there.
For example there will be 20 787 Captains in Melbourne initially and 20 in Perth before March 2018, then 20 in Brisbane from the middle of next year.
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