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Old Sep 1, 20, 6:24 am
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QR business model is quite different from other legacy airlines such as CX.
QR relies on what I call the butterfly model. It mostly collects pax from all over Europe and USA to fly to all over Asia (and vice versa) via DOH. It needs to keep a vast network to be efficient. Several low loads feeders could lead to a high-load second segment (or vice versa). QR has cut quite a few routes, but its business model requires to keep a lot of routes, even with light load. Otherwise QR could as well close.
All airlines know that they will be losing money in the coming year. They just try to survive.

CX is quite different. In Europe it only kept one daily flight to London (was 5 or 6) and kept a couple of weekly flights to FRA, AMS, MAN.
It feeds other European destinations through LHR with a BA feeder flight when possible (the timing of BA flights often makes it impossible).

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