Down under as in way down under a classic airline battle is emerging with the Tasman- New Zealand routes. Emirates places its A380 in the middle if the air war with Air New Zealand , Australian Jetstar and other alliances.
From: Sydney Morning Herald;
"Emirates flies three A380 superjumbos each day between Australia's east coast and Auckland, each of which can seat 489 passengers."
It quoted Emirates having only a 56% occupancy rate for these flights. ooops! That is only 273 passengers on average for the big behemoth.
"The latest government traffic statistics show weak passenger loads on flights between Australia and New Zealand. Qantas filled 61 per cent of its seats on the route in June, Emirates 56 per cent, Jetstar 72 per cent, Virgin 74 per cent and Air New Zealand 78 per cent."
The 787-9 will complete tipping the trade balance in the region, against the A380 and chase it off. I don't even need a crystal ball to see that coming. Jet Stars seats 300, a Qantas Subsidiary. New Zealand 787-9 Seats about 300. Air fares are dropping to record lows as the 787's can afford to drop airfares with its efficiency of almost 80% percent loads. The A-380 will need to go elsewhere to make even an Australian Dollar.