Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2982 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
I remember reading ages ago that the Chinese Aviation Authority had been granted Air New Zealand fifth freedom rights between Hong Kong and London/Heathrow so as to provide better competition to CX. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Was it a mental aberration?
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2982 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
Whoa back off buddy, it wasn't me who said anything about a provision of more competition to CX, I was referring to an article I'd read about the Chinese Aviation Authority's (CAAC?) motivation. The former Crown Colony is now reunited with The Peoples' Republic and being the only non-state owned airline (Dragon is partially state owned), CX is a bit of a thorn in the side as its owners (Swire Group and ?) provide a better standard of airline than that of the mainland - further evidence of the success of market driven capitalism.
And in regard to current competition, remember that BA is part of an alliance with CX where they compliment each other's scheduling. oneWorld ring a bell? So oneWorld vs Virgin. And I bet if you knew the stats on traffic % for each carrier, you'd find that Cathay has the lions' share.
Thanks for the info and intelligent comment.
If NZ could get that leg running, they'd be one of the few airlines to offer a true round-the-world network. Would be a great marketing tool and another good reason to fly NZ.
B-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
Sorry, Motorhussy, that wasn't meant to be a confrontational comment, just a general "I'm not sure what you're getting at" No offense meant.
But I'm not sure how Air NZ are viewing such a proposal anyway. Right now they're only running 763s on the route, and not even daily. Contrast that to CX who are running 10 flights weekly on AKL/HKG, soon to be upped to 12 flights.
As for the traffic stats, it wouldn't surprise me given that CX operate 3 flights a day to London from HK and also the only daytime flight ex-HKG.
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2982 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2454 times:
I think if NZ could get an extra daily slot at LHR, they'd start flying daily into HKG from AKL and on to LHR. CX do really well on the AKL - HKG route because of connections on to mainland China and Europe. NZ could then capitalise on this too. There's currently no Star Alliance partner on the HKG-LHR leg, one of the world's most sought after.
Nickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1481 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
"And in regard to current competition, remember that BA is part of an alliance with CX where they compliment each other's scheduling. oneWorld ring a bell?"
Didn't think BA and CX code-shared on the LHR-HKG flights. On others, yes, but not this one. The schedules are hardly complimentary of each other - it only the afternoon Cathay flight from LHR that does not compete with a very similarly timed BA flight on the route. However, this is expected because they are no partnering on this route - only competing!
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2982 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2379 times:
Sorry, do you really think of that as competition between BA and CX, it looks more like regulation between the two carriers to me. While not actually codesharing, Virgin is who they're really competing with to maintain their market dominance.
TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
Just a small clarification - NZ does not have permission to fly HKG-LHR from the British Government - it's not a problem with slots (although when we do get permission from the British end, I'm sure slots will become the next headache - although they are difficult, not impossible, to get!