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No. SYD-SCL is currently 4 days a week. I would think that, rather than changing SYD-DFW, QF would be more likely to go daily on SYD-SCL with a B787-9 to equal LAN - and maintain capacity. For South Africa, it is also highly possible that QF might begin services to CPT via PER. That would then allow them to run a daily SYD-JNB nonstop B787-9 and a SYD-CPT service (possibly with a stop in PER) which would allow them to maintain current passenger levels - and provide for expansion. More firm B787 orders would be necessary.QF 7/8 (SYD-DFW-SYD) is currently a 484 seat A380 service which provides a revenue-positive 14 seat First cabin and a high load factor during peak seasons. This is something not available on QF's B787-9. Irrespective of the proposed QF/AA joint venture, I would see the possibility of AA wishing to operate a comparable route as being low, at this point in time. AA has a need to sort out their USA-Asia strategy before looking towards an already QF served DFW-SYD. I would see the possibility of more AA services ex LAX/SFO to Australia as being on the cards, post approval of the JV.I could, however, see the possibility of QF expanding Australian-east coast to Dallas, TX services by introducing a second Australian gateway (either BNE or MEL) to DFW. Should this happen, then yes, a daily B787-9 service from both SYD and the second gateway may be feasible for QF to operate. It would maintain loads (compared to the A380 service), but would still lose the lucrative First service. I would heavily doubt the removal of a 484 seat service and a replacement with a 238 seat B787 - unless a second gateway service to DFW is introduced, or alternatively, the much talked about ORD (Chicago) service materialises.
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