Anyone you speak to in the industry tends to say the same thing...
The Australia/NZ to Sth America sector is underserved.
LAN operate 3 x A343 pw [going to 4pw in Dec] with a QF codeshare.
santiago - auckland - sydney
Aerolineas operate 2 x A342 pw, Buenos Aires - Auckland - Sydney..
Given that year round airfares are A$2200 low season, and A$3000 peak, I am surprissed that Air NZ has not considered operating this service.
AKL-RIO or AKL-SAO PAULO with a Varig codeshare would work well.
BNE/SYD/MEL feeding into AKL, and then from RIO/SAO P, varig could feed Uraguay, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, etc.
thoughts?? any inside goss?