|Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 1):|
By having NZ as a competitor for longhaul flights QF can say it is being kept honest whilst at the same time isn't subject to having global giants attacking it.
|Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 2):|
QF is just trying to scare the kiwi's. They said this last time. They got kicked back and i haven't yet seen a serious attempt to attack Air NZ. The only change they've made is they stuck fricken jetstar on the MEL-CHC route, and that actually cost them my business so maybe its not helping them all that much.
Id day this is just to try and scare people in power in Wellington into allowing them. the Aussie government wont care much about this one, they'd be more concerned if virgin blue was under threat, so i'd say its just trying to create a bit of uncertainty in Wellington. QF would gain little by trying to destory NZ. In fact it could just loose a lot of money because its highly likely the NZ government would step in yet again. Because the question remains...well that's the downside, but what is the upside for QF? getting the NZ domestic market to itself? because if it happened there is no way SQ and EK wouldn't get greater traffic rights to the region, and probably 5th freedom long hauls out of auckland. Nope, this is just QF huffing and puffing. QF are very good at political games remember.
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