United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 8792 posts, RR: 17 Posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5554 times:
Where did they fly to FRA from? Prior to the suspension they were actually expanding into FRA. But they cut it suddenly. Why? Codeshare? Or the fact that they joined Star Alliance? Will they ever resume this flight?? Doubt it I guess
TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5544 times:
Despite rumours to the contrary, it was never profitable.
Yes, they were usually full - full of backpackers on discount fares, that is.
Most flights went out without a single full-fare economy ticket being sold.
Despite this, it was not losing a heap of money, but Star Alliance links with Lufthansa proved a better bet - and freed up 747s for expansation on the AKL-LAX and AKL-LAX-LHR bread and butter routes.
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8435 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5544 times:
depending on who you talk to you get answers ranging from "LH politely but firmly told NZ that they were treading on LHs toes " to "it didn't make sense to run their own metal 2-3 times weekly to FRA when they could do multiple daily codeshares on LH"
Personally , I think the latter explanation is probably closer to the truth , these multi-sector longhauls are expensive to operate ( but I cant help wanting to see NZ back in mainland Europe at some point , either FRA or MUC would provide so many more connections with *A than are possible at LHR )
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
Koruman From Australia, joined Feb 2006, 2980 posts, RR: 6 Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4779 times:
My relatives in Austria used NZ19 FRA-LAX several times at the turn of the century for the purposes of visiting Fiji and Tahiti.
In those days Air NZ had 767s from Los Angeles to Fiji (3x weekly), Honolulu (3x weekly), Tahiti (3x weekly), Rarotonga (3x weekly) and Apia/Tonga (1x weekly).
In effect, Air NZ used Frankfurt to funnel passengers from all over mainland Europe via its LAX hub to all the Pacific islands and New Zealand.
Unfortunately, that Pacific network has been dismantled now so there will probably never again be demand for such a flight. It's a shame, because the 777-200 and 787-8 would be a good size for LAX-FRA, whereas the 747-400 was too big.
That is why the talk of a lack of premium demand is a bit misleading. In those days a 747-400 held 12 First Class and 56 Business Class seats, and Frankfurt couldn't fill them.
But the current 777-200ER only holds 26 Business Premier and 36 (soon) Premium Economy, and would probably do just fine on the route.
NZaholic From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 26 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4707 times:
Interesting ...when I was driving around NZ last Feb/Mar, after the folks from across the ditch and us poms, the other nationalities I generally bumped into most were probably the Germans and Dutch, I therefore count myself lucky that I can get from the UK to NZ on 1 airline, with 1 stop!
On that subject, will be heading "your" way again on the NZ1 in 2 weeks - can't wait
......Air New Zealand announced last month it will withdraw its Boeing 747 freighter service from the end of March.
The freighter operates twice a week from Auckland to a number of international markets including Australia, China, Germany and the US and contributes about a third of cargo revenue.
The airline said large international customers particularly in Asia and Europe has been unable to commit to forward bookings because of market uncertainties and therefore the service had become unviable.....
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
Nzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1488 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4208 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 20): I seem to recall that the NZ FRA service was just once a week at one point. A very uneconomic use of crew resources.
No was twice a week but the service was fri sat i believe days could be wrong but they were consecutive in the end so the crew had either a 1 night or a 6 night stop in FRA .. Needless to say the 6 night was very popular ..
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5020 posts, RR: 12 Reply 22, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 19): admittedly yhe only source I have is Granny Herald , so perhaps it should be taken with a pinch of salt as we all know their reporting is about one step above that of the giveaway local rags
Hmm, I'd missed that but I'd have expected someone on A.net to have known about it. A third of Cargo Revenue! Wow! Be nice if they went back to the LH MD11F operated flights! They were great to see in AKL!
Wasn't the NZ PAX FRA service at one stage also AKL-PPT-DFW-LGW-FRA or something? Obviously during the DFW days which I think were OCT 1987 till March 89.
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1453 posts, RR: 16 Reply 23, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3248 times:
Would be grateful if someone could post a bit of history of this route. When did ANZ first began flying to FRA (presumably via LAX)? At its peak (when?), how many flights per week was it operated (with what equipment)? When did it drop to just a solitary weekly flight? And when it decided to finally stop operating (when was the last flight?), how many times per week was it operating?
I always know that there is a historian lurking somewhere here.
Somehow for many, it seems a routing via Asia appears a more tradtitional route than via North America . . . although it probably is actually quite similar in length. An Asian stopover - chosen carefully - probably yields greater revenue if fifth freedom right is available.
Does any ANZ insider know if the airline will ever expand in Asia again in the foreseeable future?
TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 11 Reply 25, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
Quoting Aviasian (Reply 23): Would be grateful if someone could post a bit of history of this route. When did ANZ first began flying to FRA (presumably via LAX)? At its peak (when?), how many flights per week was it operated (with what equipment)? When did it drop to just a solitary weekly flight? And when it decided to finally stop operating (when was the last flight?), how many times per week was it operating?
I answered some of this in reply 10, but here's a potted history of NZ in FRA.
15 July 1968: First Air NZ representation in Europe - Frankfurt office opens.
30 October 1987: Inaugural Auckland-Frankfurt service via Honolulu and Los Angeles. The return southbound service continues on to Sydney.
29 October 1991: A second weekly direct service between New Zealand and Germany is established. The Boeing 747 services operate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
15 September 1992: Boeing 747-400, ZK-NBU, arrives on non stop 11,494 kilometre flight from Seattle. The new aircraft allows Air New Zealand to increase services, including four a week to London, two a week to Frankfurt and daily services to Melbourne.
23 July 1993: Air New Zealand announces a third weekly Boeing 747-400 service to Frankfurt, starting November 4.
4 July 1995: Start of Air New Zealand's third direct Frankfurt-Los Angeles-Auckland service, replacing flights operated via London.
18 March 1996: Air New Zealand and LTU sign a marketing agreement which allows the German airline to buy seats on Air New Zealand flights between Los Angeles and Frankfurt.
I'm pretty sure mid-April 2001 was the last Frankfurt service, but I no longer have the email sent at the time...