You can imagine the scene. They sit around the table; there are presumably coffees, water, small talk. And then the two Air NZ executives drop the bombshell.
This is the first month of performance data available for the airline since Air New Zealand ended their long-standing trans-Tasman alliance, effective late Oct This drop was at least partially due to a seat capacity increase of 8. This added 40, trans-Tasman seats per annum.
Encompassing a broad codeshare arrangement covering all Tasman sectors and connecting domestic Australian and New Zealand sectors, a revenue share agreement and reciprocal loyalty scheme benefits, the new network will be in effect from the upcoming Northern Winter schedule November — March Under the network plan, Air New Zealand will operate approximately 70 per cent of the projected capacity, while Virgin Australia subsidiary Pacific Blue will operate 30 per cent, which the airlines say is relative to their respective trans-Tasman marketshares before their alliance was announced. Want to trial the Australian Aviation Print Magazine?
Pacific Blue is to stop flying domestic routes in this country and redeploy its New Zealand-based aircraft on to the trans-Tasman and medium haul international routes. The decision is included in the first phase of a network review by the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines. Virgin Blue chief executive officer John Borghetti said passengers holding forward bookings on New Zealand domestic routes from October 18 would be provided with re-accommodation and refund options.
Pacific Blue Airlines ended flying operations in The airline is now rebranded as Virgin Austalia Airlines. Please click here for Virgin Australia flights to the Pacific regions or alternatively search through alternativeairlines.
Air New Zealand has decided to go it alone, without its partner of seven years, Virgin Australia. The decision is as much cultural as commercial. But is it the right one?
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