Why doesn't CX/NZ start a Hong Kong - Christchurch flight?

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074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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Why doesn't CX/NZ start a Hong Kong - Christchurch flight?

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

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Insufficient demand; whatever traffic that would fly this route can still be routed via AKL?

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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Why would Singapore Airlines do that then?

watson374

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Member since 17 Aug 2012

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SQ flies to AKL double-daily, and CHC single-daily. This eliminates the need for NZ to fly to SIN from either port, since they are both Star Alliance. NZ already have a daily service to HKG from AKL, and being an end-of-the-line carrier probably can't justify a flight ex-CHC.

As for CX, it probably has judged itself better off only flying to AKL; it's only single-daily on an A343, which suggests that it's a very thin route.

In fact, the overall problem here with New Zealand is that it's far from everywhere (except Australia) and not very big, which leads to it being perhaps the ultimate long-and-thin destination.

X

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 24 Jan 2012

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Its also mostly a leisure route without the high yield business fares and cargo to make it worthwhile. 

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

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Thanks. I would personally be happier if Cathay launched an A330 service to Christchurch, but I now see why they don't do that. Thanks everyone.

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