Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 7 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2315 times:
I was wondering why Air New Zealand is in Star. It seems like most of the countries that were in some way related to the UK have their main carriers in oneworld: BA, CX, QF, AA, EI. I thought QF owns a stake in NZ. Why did they decide to go with Star and not follow QF into oneworld?
Not yet it's not. QF indeed used to own around 20% of NZ, tied in with JAL and AA and Brierly Investments, but eventually Brierlys became the primary shareholder with the rest floated on the sharemarket. Though I believe QF did maintain a holding until the late 1990s.
QF has been and remains a competitor, so it was convenient for NZ to link with the major opposing force, Star-carriers, in the mid 1990s. Also it was envisaged that originally there would be a large opposing block of NZ and Ansett as the opposition in New Zealand and Australia against Qantas.
Added to that is that Star was the first of the alliances and remains the largest of the three, with better coverage across Asia, North America and continental Europe.
SpinalTap From New Zealand, joined Mar 2005, 440 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
I wonder if it would make more sense for Qantas if they entered Star. It might reduce perhaps eliminate pressure from Singapore Airlines to allow them enter the Australia - US market?, they could also be friends with United on these routes and they would be in the same alliance as Air New Zealand.
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