Extending NZ3/4 or NZ5/6 to LHR
would be excellent. NZ1/2 are always
packed solid, so there must be room for capacity growth there.
Hmm, I wonder what the political angle on preventing Air New Zealand using those LHR
right might be ? Only BA
,CX (OneWorld) and VS
(err - nothing) fly this sector from LHR
, there is no Star representation at all.
I suppose British Government could be protecting british airlines interests (BA and VS
) and with the old Empire ties of the Swire Group I wouldn't be too surprised that CX
are applying pressure. They weren't too happy with the Hong Kong government giving Air New Zealand fifth freedom rights in the first place!
I always wondered how SQ
would feel about two airlines (VS and NZ
) they gave stakes in competing on that sector.
And then if it does happen, we end up talking about whether Air New Zealand has enough metal to increase frequencies/take on new destinations. An endless discussion. What a great business this is!
[Edited 2003-06-09 11:37:22]