Airxliban (reply 4)
ANY US airline that wants to operate to OZ
/NZ can do so. It just has to get US DOT approval & FAA operational clearance. US State dept then notifies the other government of the details,which then has to approve the flights. If they are within the parameters of the current bilateral treaty this approval is a formality and will be quickly issued. If the proposal is outside the current bilateral then negotiations must take place, this can delay things, but not for long in the current climate.
So why are there not at least two US carriers to OZ
doesn't count(yet)) and none to NZ
Because they don't believe that they can make money on the route OR
(& more likely) they believe they can make more elsewhere. I have said it before and I'll say it again, the US - SW
Pacific is a difficult route to operate, its long, its thin and it has compertision that will fight you to the death because they have no where else to go!
What ever happens, on the US-SW Pacific route - 2nd last carrier standing = QF
. Last carrier standing = NZ