brucek From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6997 times:
Am I correct that NZ used to fly AKL-LAX-FRA? Was this flight cancelled due to low yields, and the potential code-share with LH on the LAX-FRA leg? And could the flight pick up pax at LAX for FRA (and FRA for LAX)?
LAXintl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6761 times:
Air NZ commenced the route in Oct 1987, and dropped it in March 2001 when its expanded codeshare with LH kicked in.
The company said following at the time;
The changes to the schedule fit with our plan to create a more efficient network offering more choice to customers and putting more of our own capacity on core sectors, such as Japan and the United States. We are concentrating on geographic regions where we have marked strengths, rather than spreading our operations across the globe, " said General Manager, Air New Zealand International Airline, Grant Lilly.
The Air New Zealand service between Los Angeles and Frankfurt will stop operating at the end of March. Mr Lilly said the exit from its two services a week between Los Angeles and Frankfurt was a logical progression towards a stronger codeshare arrangement with Star Alliance members including the home carrier for the German market, Lufthansa.
"In partnership with Lufthansa we will be able to offer customers much greater frequency of services between Europe and the South Pacific and greater choice of routing and stopovers. It makes good operational and economic sense for us to work with our Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa to service Europe while maintaining our direct flights to London, " Mr Lilly said.
At that time NZ, QF - and, as proof in the backgorund - GA served FRA, all with the 747-400...now with QF also gone there is indeed a whole region underrepresented - but then again, no wonder, with the dozens of flights EK, EY, QR and also WY offer in the same direction...
Quoting brucek (Thread starter):"NZ at LAX was quite interesting at that time. You had NZ flights to AKL (2), SYD, NAN, and usually one of the following depending on the day, HNL, RAR, PPT, and I think Apia."
Don't forget LHR. As a youngster I always thought LAX-LHR was an oddball route for NZ. I didn't figure out till somewhat recently that its pretty much the most direct way from NZ to London as the great distance required a stop and 5th freedom rights happened to be allowed.