... And so was the statement I was responding to, that QR "definitely will not want NZ connections on its SYD flights"
I accept your point on semantics - perhaps "is unlikely to want many such connections" would be appropriate? Remember, within the ME3:
- EK recently referred to SYD as a "gold mine," and the strongest of its markets in Australia.
- EY recently re-allocated its MEL 388 to SYD (SYD now has two daily 388's - MEL, none).
- QR is putting up with a hugely expensive CBR tag, just to get a second daily SYD service.
QR is highly restricted in its ability to add SYD capacity - it is petitioning Australia strongly for more air rights. SYD is a hugely strong market.
I still believe that QR is unlikely to want that many CHC - SYD transfers, indefinitely. Indeed, it does not market such transfers on its website.
My interpretation is that at the very least, QR is not bothered by them - since they are willing to let these routings exist and go on sale.
Temporarily not bothered? Maybe. Indefinitely? Unlikely. NZ also had a sale ex-AKL to LHR on NZ2, but does not really want AKL - LHR traffic.
Now and again, there might be some spare capacity, and now and again, it cannot hurt to offer a couple of seats at a heavily discounted rate.
If NZ were to order additional 789'S would NZ consider opening routes from AKL-JNB,AKL-CPT,AKL-DEL,AKL-BOM or AKL-LIM.
, no - AFAIK, AKL - CPT is too far south, and too much over Antarctica, to be feasible - special, costly rules would apply to such flights.
, no - the India - New Zealand bilateral air services agreement restricts NZ to only flying to India through BOM - re-negotiation is needed.
, no - Cam Wallace from NZ told CAPA only a few months ago that the strategy is on expanding EZE operations in South America only.BOM
are possibilities, but both would be very far, very low-yielding, and unable to pick up lucrative connecting traffic from Australia.
+1. Is there more to this - for example, AKL wanting to delay paying for such infrastructure, by going through the regulatory process again?