In my opinion, the biggest new international routes out of ORD that should be added are QF to BNE and UA to TLV. I have to imagine with UA adding IAD, EWR and SFO to TLV, ORD is simply a matter of when.
I was just in BNE 10 days ago, nice city and very cosmopolitan. Lots of young professionals and schools there, ORD would be a great link for Both sides and QF should do it to compete with NZ. TLV i think the CDA wants LY on that, also LIS has been rumored on TP.
Didn’t TP announce ORD starting in 2020 or something like that? Still on the fence about direct service to BNE. Chicago isn’t exactly at the top of must visit places for many Australians.
While I think this could be a "tourist friendly" route eventually (a la, if you build it they will come), there is a fair amount of business traffic to be had on a direct Chicago (+Midwest AA feed) to Australia route.
Chicago and Australia share a fair amount of commercial connections in the commodities space in particular, with Australia's wheat and iron ore/steel industries enjoying many close relationships with Chicago/Midwest-based grain traders and steel mills. Australia's largest bank, Macquarie Bank, has a huge Chicago investment/brokerage office that covers exactly those markets. Meanwhile NuFarm agrichems relocated their NorthAm HQ from Calgary to Chicago a few years back. Sims Metal's (Sydney) commercial US trading desk is also based in Chicago, even though the executive suite sits in NYC. Combined with all the Chicago-based shops that have operations in Australia, ie McDonalds, Abbott, Boeing, there is sure to be enough traffic to justify a few flights/week if not daily service. After all, Qantas is the one that has been fueling the flames for this route. See link below.
Getting back to Y-class, I know for a fact many Central/Eastern-Europeans also emigrated to Australia, including Poles, Serbs, Croats, Greeks, etc. This is true for my family, as well as a close friend of mine of Greek ancestry. Subjective yes, but its based on a broader, macro observation that there could be some VFF demand as well. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -haul-push