Why doesn't Qantas fly internationally from Adelaide?

By SimonFrost | Oct 15, 2018, 08:11 AM
They used to, but haven’t for a long, long time. We picked up an Emirates flight when the codeshare started, but now QF is using SIN as a hub, surely we could get an A330 everyday? There’s plenty of people who’d love not to have to make the trek east (or west) and an extra stop....
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By Red Cee | Oct 15, 2018, 09:09 AM
I have to agree with you Simon. An A330 or 737 from Adelaide to Singapore would be good. I think it is criminal that there are a number of Emirates planes from ADL to DXB daily, yet Qantas can’t even manage one.
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By MRYJDrake | Oct 15, 2018, 09:28 AM
What route would you like them to pull the 330 off? I'm sure it's something they're constantly reviewing, but also to consider is available slots at SIN, if they can't get any more, they need to can one route so they can drop the new one in there..
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By ChrisCh | Oct 15, 2018, 10:11 AM
Simon: Please do not post the same thing multiple times. As outlined in our Comment Policy, some posts are flagged for moderation and require admin approval before publishing.
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By Mjudd | Oct 15, 2018, 10:42 AM
At least you can get to London now with only one stop with Qantas, with hopefully further routes opening up.
Why worry about Singapore when you have Perth :)
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By DanV | Oct 15, 2018, 10:59 AM
If there's a 737 and/or A321neoLR that can do ADL-SIN at a full payload, I'm sure QF would've put a plane on the route.

Otherwise, the A330s are best put on routes that have higher demand and/or premium business demand/high yields (e.g East Coast/Perth to Singapore/Asia). Which is only one of the reasons why there's no QF Int'l service ex-ADL.
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By GregXL | Oct 15, 2018, 11:36 AM
ADL-SIN is around the claimed range of a 737-800, which probably means it is not quite in range when requirements for alternate airports are considered. When QF or JQ have something with more range than their current single aisle aircraft, but not as large as an A330, they may add ADL-SIN to the network.
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By tommygun | Oct 15, 2018, 02:41 PM
Is there really enough demand for both QF and SQ to operate this route profitably?
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By djtech | Oct 15, 2018, 04:21 PM
Adelaide is probably not a big enough market for them to justify a a330 to an international trek to SIN. And QF is techniqually operating international flights from adelaide with Jetstar. They seem to offload lower demand routes to jetstar's a320s.
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By Mjkcan | Oct 15, 2018, 06:35 PM
You only have to look to Canada, and wonder why there are no international flights from Edmonton, Winnipeg or Quebec City - all cities of roughly the same size.

It just isn’t profitable.
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By Glasgow100 | Oct 15, 2018, 08:46 PM
I have to agree with you Simon. An A330 or 737 from Adelaide to Singapore would be good. I think it is criminal that there are a number of Emirates planes from ADL to DXB daily, yet Qantas can’t even manage one.

There is one daily flight from ADL to DXB.
Qantas are losing business vto the Asian carriers with MH, SQ and CX,CZ gleefully taking 5he business from them. MH has the highest liads out of ADL.
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By Steve987 | Oct 15, 2018, 09:45 PM
I have to agree with you Simon. An A330 or 737 from Adelaide to Singapore would be good. I think it is criminal that there are a number of Emirates planes from ADL to DXB daily, yet Qantas can’t even manage one.

There is one daily flight from ADL to DXB.
Qantas are losing business vto the Asian carriers with MH, SQ and CX,CZ gleefully taking 5he business from them. MH has the highest liads out of ADL.

They aren’t losing business ... they are accepting of the opportunity cost of deploying fleet to higher margin routes and leaving ADL to others.

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By PERflyer | Oct 15, 2018, 10:08 PM
Adelaide pax have a good option to get a morning flight to Perth and hop on the the daily QF71 PER-SIN A330 saves some time going the wrong way East first. Same with the daily QF9 PER-LHR.
Ultimately if there was profit in it for Qantas they would be flying from Adelaide. SQ, EK etc are all flying to a hub from Adelaide which certainly helps.
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By Patto | Oct 16, 2018, 07:41 AM
I would personally love the Adl - Bkk returned..

Theres no flight for that
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By Red Cee | Oct 16, 2018, 08:09 AM
Maybe when QF have more 787’s they may look at ADL to SIN.
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By DanV | Oct 16, 2018, 10:42 AM
Maybe when QF have more 787’s they may look at ADL to SIN.

There wouldn't be the demand to justify a 787 on ADL-SIN.

As previously mentioned QF are likely pondering a 737(MAX) and/or considering convert their A321neoLR orders from JQ to QF mainline which is the right-sized plane for the ADL-SIN route.
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