Member since 23 Oct 2014
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Nice piece CityRail.
Member since 01 Jun 2016
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Originally Posted by aklrunway
Following the NZ breakup, once the 737 MAXs start coming VA will put TT on the lower yield trans-tasman routes and potentially domestic with the old VA 737s. They will likely also develop a relationship similar to JQ/QF with lounge access, at least across the Tasman. There are gaps for VA/TT to exploit. For example, WEL has no intl budget flights except to the Gold Coast.
I could also see VA cooperating with partners to fill the widebody gap. They already have SQ flying MEL-WEL. Perhaps EY could be convinced to fly a fifth freedom to AKL with the planes they have on the ground all day on the east coast.
VA are going to pull more A330s off. I know from that the flatbed 737 seats are in the works, but have been delayed. I'm imagining they will come with the 737 MAXs. I could also see these flatbed MAXs go trans-tasman also, as a long-haul narrow body subfleet.
There have been suggestions by CAPA that with HX entering the London market it will be likely that an agreement will be formed between HX/VS and possibly even VA. I could see a Virgin Kangaroo Route developing, with a comprehensive schedule between Australia, Hong Kong and Europe. HU would potentially also be incorporated into the agreement. VA will commence BNE-HKG and possibly PER-HKG. HX will possibly serve secondary Australian destinations. There's talk of them flying to CBR atm.
Considering VA intend to fly to (most likely) Beijing, this would provide a two hub model where passengers connect through HKG for the primary destinations that HU can't get into, and through PEK for secondary European destinations. The only problem I see with this is SQ and EY will likely object, but they do not form a majority shareholding.
Were this to happen, VA could potentially be pulled into closer cooperation with Skyteam and the massive agreement between VS/DL/AF/KL which would be pretty big for intra European connections. But this point is much more speculative than the rest.
And there is no way Etihad will start fifth freedom flights to Auckland. Emirates have pulled off the highly competitive Tasman, bar SYD/CHC and Etihad are stripping back routes overall.
Emirates pulled off for a number of reasons. While the yields were too low, there were also the factors that the A380 was too much aircraft, they now operate a direct DXB-AKL service and I imagine QF wanted a bigger piece of the trans Tasman pie.
Conversely Etihad is the only one of the ME3 with no direct service to AKL, they have 787s sitting at MEL and BNE which are much more appropriately sized than the A380, and I'm sure that VA would be appreciative of widebodies to pad out their schedule.
You're right that Etihad are cutting back at the moment, and it was only a speculative comment. But it does also meet the strategic needs of VA, which now only have a widebody codeshare MEL-WEL.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 01 Mar 2012
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NZ and UA would use their veto to block VA's application into the Star Alliance. SkyTeam is Virgin Australia's only Alliance option available to them. SQ is going to have to live with it should they chose not to exit VA, as SQ and UA aren't exactly best buddies either.
Also there's the DL elephant in the room and they haven't ruled out buying a stake in the future (and basically turn VA into a feeder for DL & SkyTeam with the only Int'l being USA and NZ).
VA and DL have been BFFs since the late Virgin Blue days.
What I have learnt is that when you have a change of CEO there is a change in relationships with your partners. While at the moment the relationship with UA and NZ is bad, it could always be rebooted. Commercial opportunity usually trumps egos ( well it should), so anything is possible.
Member since 07 Dec 2015
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I just can't get excited about VA in SkyTeam. Am I the only one? They just don't have a group of member airlines (apart from DL) that I travel with or have a huge desire to travel with nor is it an alliance I have ever 'connected' with unlike Star and One World.
Member since 25 Feb 2013
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I hope they move into an alliance. I think the relationship with SQ (which would probably be the only block) is solid enough to survive a SkyTeam move (at least in the sense SQ wants a non-QF partner in Australia it has some control of, unless it is allowed to operate domestically which is not on the cards). ST would offer some real decent options, I think ST get a bad rap. I think having DL on board would help make VA presence in ST stronger than VA presence in *A could ever be. One thing I think VA has done poorly is work on its non-capital routes. It had great reach in many places, but has palmed them off to Alliance (they should have at least required VA branding for the Alliance contract, the current arrangement gives no VA presence at all). It had a great USP in the WA regional sector, but it let that slip. It had great and unique routes like SYD-MKY that no-one offered, were immensely popular but it let that slip (they claimed low numbers - but I never saw a flight anything less than chockers - I suspect it was a casualty of getting rid of the Embraers). I get the bigger capitals and the golden triangle is where the numbers are, but it is also where the competition is. I hope that moves like the new PER-HBA are the sign of things to come and they will develop an interesting and comprehensive domestic route map. VA have an incredibly strong Pacific network compared to most. I'm honestly surprised that they never leverage this more than they do. If I were VA I would strengthen this and build a hub out of AKL to service partners on these routes (e.g. DL, HNA, SQ etc) as well as build business from Australia.
Member since 14 Mar 2017
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Skyteam.It has a great network, generally pretty good airlines, excellent availability for rewards et al, and VA would slot right in.
Member since 11 Dec 2016
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Hopefully. So long as the QF tie up with AF doesn't cause a problem with Skyteam. Should be interesting.
Member since 19 Jan 2018
Dont discount Qatar...If HNA & Branson sell...which is very very likely...to the Qatar Sovereign Wealth fund which owns half of London...Harrods,The Shard..then Etihad will jump at the chance to get out and not have another Alitalia on its hands...then SQ will get out but codeshare. Qatar has realised their vulnerability after UAE/Saudi blockage. That they have amazing hard/soft product and heaps of dosh should scare the hell out of Qantas.Syd/Mel/Bne to Perth on a A350-900 in a Q Suite anyone?????
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jul 2011
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I think delisting is difficult as it removes some of the 'grandfather' structure that enable VA to operate internationally (while not being majority Australian owned).
Member since 15 Feb 2018
Total posts 151
Virgin have a great Pacific Islands network, serving locations that Qantas doesn’t. They also have a much better service to NZ than Qantas. They should utilise and expand on these.
Member since 09 May 2011
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Much better service to NZ than Qantas?
Member since 10 Jan 2012
Total posts 106
AKL-ZQN is scheduled at 1:50, flight time can be longer due to WX in both AKL and ZQN, though I get the gist of what you're saying.
Member since 04 Nov 2017
Total posts 84
Etihad is in debt themselves due to the failed Alitialia and Air Berlin investments. If EY sells out, it'll be to pay down their ballooning debt.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 17 Nov 2014
Total posts 78
I wonder whether SkyTeam is the preferred alliance suitable for Virgin Australia.
Member since 01 Aug 2018
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I know some of these thoughts will probably just get shut down - but I feel it is time that someone tried something drastic/out of the box. Virgin used to be pretty good at pioneering out of the box ideas (think: pay per use lounges, jets on Coffs Harbour, ADL-BME sectors in the early days?!)
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