From: "Dennis L. Murphy" <email@example.com> Organization: NeoSoft, Inc. Date: 12 Oct 96 21:34:31 References: 1 2 3 4 5
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Don Stokes wrote: > Alan Wong <Alan.Wong@anu.edu.au> wrote: > >Similarly for other southern hemisphere trans-continental routes such as > >Auckland to Buenos Aires and Johannesburg/Cape Town to Rio/Sao Paulo/Buenos > >Aires. This will have implications for airlines such as Qantas, Air New > >Zealand and South African Airways when purchasing aircraft eg A340 vs 777X. > There's very little traffic AKL/SYD to S. America, certainly not enough > to affect aircraft purchasing decisions; certainly not enough to justify > purchase of a completely new aircraft type (Air NZ is very much a Boeing > shop). There's also too little traffic to justify direct flights; the > usual approach to serving S. America is by island hopping ... ... > In short, if you've got an ETOPS 767, you can serve S. Pacific to S. > American routes and live with island hopping. You'd need a 747-400 or > similar range aircraft to do the route non-stop, and there just isn't the > traffic to justify it. I believe that Aerolinas Argentina (the Aregentian Airline) flys non-stop from Auckland to Buenos Aires several times a week with a 747-200 aircraft. The flight from Buenos Aires to Auckland stops in western Argentina before heading out to Auckland.