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Ansett/Air NZ Linking Up With Thai! Breaking News!  
User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3251 times:

This news story surprised me greatly. Sure, TG are part of Star, but Air NZ/Ansett are linked to SQ and there remains a strong rivalry between SQ and TG.

What surprises me is not the TG codesharing but more the use of the BKK hub for flights to Europe - any comments???

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Airways grab greater market share
From AAP

18.10 (AEST) AIR New Zealand and Thai Airways International are looking to grab a larger share of the Australian domestic market after reaching a preliminary reservations agreement.

Executives from the airlines are due to meet in Melbourne this week to finalise details after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in London on March 30.

Air New Zealand, president and chief executive, Gary Toomey, described the move as "a very substantial opportunity".

Air New Zealand and Ansett Australia joined the Star Alliance of air carriers in 1999. But the carriers have come under increased competition on the Australian market following the entry of Impulse and Virgin Blue airlines.

Toomey said the reservations agreement involved code sharing, with the main aim being to capture more high-yield Australian customers, especially business travellers.

The first step is to link the reservation systems of Air New Zealand and Thai Airways International by May to enable "seamless booking" for passengers of the three airlines. The code sharing agreement will begin in May or June.

Air New Zealand is also looking at opportunities to feed passengers through TAI's hubs when flying between Australian and European markets.

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User currently offlineWpr8e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3191 times:

God help ANZ. Has anyone ever flown TG business class? Dreadful.

User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

I pity ANZ for doing such a stupid move.
Should have stuck with SQ is what I say.

Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3163 times:
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Do you really think that SQ didn't know that Air NZ was talking to Thai? Of course they knew...

Maybe this is the first step to burying the hatchet and peacefully coexistence between Thai and SQ.

User currently offlineFqtv From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Singapore owns 25% of AirNZ so you bet that they knew NZ was talking to Thai. Also, these arn't kids, they're businesses - they do what makes money, and if codesharing with Thai makes business sense then they'll do it.
Cheers, Zac

User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1519 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

Great! So when will All Nippon Airways join the party? Looks like the Stars are getting closer to each other!!

Rgds,  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

I agree totally with you!!


User currently offlineRyanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

All of ANA's Australian Ops are already via Codeshare on Ansett.

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