What do people think of NZ CEO's comment that Qantas = Air Sydney?

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Member since 21 Apr 2012

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What do people think of NZ CEO's comment that Qantas = Air Sydney?


Member since 07 Aug 2012

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It's a bit rich coming from Air Auckland!!


Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Yes but to be fair had New Zealand joined our Commonwealth both the North and South Island would probably be a state with AKL as state capital. So really it is like somebody in Newcastle/Wollongong bitching that Sydney has it all as opposed to a valid complaint from the good people of Perth/Adelaide etc.


Member since 02 Jan 2013

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He has a point to a degree!


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Oct 2013

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ASI - air sydney international - at least as far as those of us from Adelaide are concerned!


Member since 12 Feb 2014

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I think he has the irts now that Qantas has its act together. Jetstar made a profit in NZ and American is coming to take some of that Auckland/LAX monopoly money. His reaction to the increased competition sounds a whole lot like what the Australian market has just come out of - increased capacity (he mentioned 8% domestically) and cutting fares. All he forgot to mention was a 65% market share line in the sand!


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Member since 15 Dec 2014

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Look at ANZ!!! Not many other international flight departing from places other than AKL than to oceania region


Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 04 Sep 2012

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Wow thats ironic!

As a New Zealander who lives in regional New Zealand, I essentially have no option but to fly via AKL before leaving the country. Espcially since all the Business Class flights depart from there.

Although, 1/4 of NZ's population lives in AKL so it would make sense for Air NZ to base themselves there. However this means a very "Auckland-Centric" way of operating and the regions seem to play second-best.

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Member since 28 Sep 2011

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True, Air NZ is AKL centric especially for international flights. But the need to travel via AKL cannot be blamed entirely on them.  Past attempts by any airline to create viable international (not just Australia) flights from CHC and WLG have nearly always ended in tears. Those and NZ ports other than AKL just don't have the traffic demand any more. ZQN might be the exception were it not limited by geography, climate and a short runway to nothing larger than an a320/321. Otherwise I think China Southern would be very interested.


Member since 11 Mar 2012

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There is a point behind his message but it is an extremely hypocritical one.


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Member since 19 Mar 2014

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I think he's just tapping into the emotional strings of the secondary markets like Brisbane / Melbourne / Adelaide and Perth. It's wright of numbers that gives Sydney the services it has. If Air NZ can service other markets and make it viable, it's a good thing for all of us. 

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