TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3023 times:
NZ (referred to by it's old designator of TE for the rest of my post to prevent confusion between New Zealand and Air New Zealand) is, and probably always will be, a niche carrier. TE only has *twenty one* international destinations, including only ONE (LHR) in Europe, and TWO (LAX/HNL) in America. All the rest are in the Asia/Pacific area. Perhaps that will give us a proper sense of perspective when we're comparing TE with the big boys!
It can't be like SQ or CX because the geographic position of NZ precludes it from being a major hub for TE to expand around.
It can't be like UA, AA, or BA because NZ doesn't have the population base for TE to grow that way.
What it CAN and HAS been is a niche carrier with top-notch service that provides quality transport into the South Pacific, while it concentrates on rebuilding it's finances and revamping it's long and short-haul operations to stay competitive in the changing airline market. It's time to consolidate, not time to make another attempt at huge expansion!
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2949 times:
Geez United... how big? Bigger than Virgin Blue, smaller than QF. Bigger than Dragon Air, smaller than Cathay Pacific. Bigger than Silkair, smaller than SQ.
As mentioned, Air New Zealand is modest in size when compared to her major competitors in the region. Domestically, how big is New Zealand? It has more sheeps than people! So that would give you a picture of how big the airline really is.
Can ANZ grow? Probably, but after the recent turmoil, growth would probably be cautiously handled because they are obviously not ready for it. They were the 20th largest simply because they absorbed Ansett (then Australia's 2nd largest carrier). But now, they are back to where they were before, a small little international airline.
However, ANZ is excellent in the service it provides (tho some die-hard Ansett lovers might deny) and it remains that way. Lets hope they continue to shine.
Final note, let it go Desmond. Ansett is gone and ANZ has gone back to New Zealand. Stop stirring up shit.
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