JAL don't fly to New Zealand, they code share with NZ
. The majority of South Pacific routes are strictly low yield tourist or VFR traffic, there maybe some money made but very little. Also a lot of the smaller Pacific nations have there own airlines now, and most of them fly to New Zealand, some of these airlines code share with NZ
and a lot of them have NZ
involved in the management, but they still compete, ....co-operate but compete.
As for flights to the US and beyond, again most of it is low yield traffic, it is precisely this reason that most European airlines don't fly in their own right to this part of the world, preferring to code share with alliance partners or just abandoning it all together because their costs are too high and they can't compete with the Asian carriers in particular.
As for Trans Tasman, about the only time the airlines make money is Christmas, Easter and when there are rugby internationals and they charge full fare. Very few people travel on full fares, while there would be a reasonable level of business travel it is basically tourists and relatives travelling the ditch. Besides if VB
is that committed to NZ
and trans Tasman they should be encouraging this instead of doing what VB
do, that is whine and moan that they are the underdog that needs to be hand fed everything. This would be the perfect oportunity for them, get their planes into AKL
, etc and put their money where their mouth is, compete in a free and open environment, instead of what they have now, a huge percentage of a market because one airline went bust and the other major player just did not have the resources, or the desire to have 80%+ of the market. Get out and compete like most new entrants to the industry, if you have the product you will survive, if not shut up and be happy with what you have got.
I'll shut up now before I really say what I think of Virgin and their media tactics.
As I side note, there have been many airlines fly trans Tasman, with full traffic rights, among them UA
/CO/CI/CA/BA, there still are GA
/PH/WR/TG,MH,LA and AR
, I'm sure there are more, if the route is a cash cow they would all still be doing it.