Qantas is pegging Beijing, Seoul, Mumbai, Delhi and Tokyo's city-centre airport Haneda as potential destinations for its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The airline has previously played coy on nominating Dreamliner routes, given that its first deliveries of the stretched 787-9 version aren't due until at least 2016.
However, not all of those cities are earmarked to see a 787 with a Red Roo on the tail.
While Qantas admits that it is "investigating an increase in destinations to Asia using the Qantas Group's B787-9 options from 2016", that reference to the Qantas Group could signal that some of these Dreamliner flights might be with Jetstar.
Jetstar's first fourteen 787s are still expected to arrive in Q3 of this year, despite the recent grounding due to battery issues, with a further fifty jets available — if Qantas confirms the option orders with Boeing — starting in 2016.
Any Asian destination increase would follow what Qantas is calling an "expanded network within Asia through local partners (such as Japan Airlines, China Eastern, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines)".
It'll be no coincidence that those airlines — plus Korean partner Asiana — have either hubs or a heavy presence in the cities Qantas is considering for its 787s.
New Asian options are all on the cards in the new Qantas-Emirates alliance world. Qantas today announced its new Asian strategy, which sees retimed flights from Sydney and Melbourne, boosts (and new times) for services from Brisbane, but cancellations for Perth, Adelaide and Frankfurt services.
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