eta unknown wrote:
DL wouldn't need to fly LAX-BNE. Virgin Australia does it for them. Daily.
6x/week, not daily actually.
My point wasn't about VA doing the lion's share of flying with their JV, it referred to DL's actual physical presence in this market.
Overall, I get the idea that to be factually correct, we should count VA's seats when looking at DLs share in the market or revenue from Oz traffic (and to some degree the same for QF/AA), but I do think it is commendable that UA has been able to open so many routes to Oz without having a partner in the market, whether to fly JV flights with their metal, or to serve as feed on the other end.
Just like UA has been able to do seemingly at HKG in flying non-stop fromi three hubs despite no partner and the presence of AA/CX; or even what they've been able to do in AMS vs. DL/KL, UA has been able to maintain a good solid presence in Oz by itself largely.
They have myriad problems (some structural, some inherent, some due to bad choices) domestically, but UA has been very, very strong in the international game, even when forced to go at it solo.