Regards times at AKL NZ could look to add another long haul bank to go with the
1900-2015 LAX, SFO, IAH, YVR, HNL, EZE, PER, plus SYD, MEL, BNE as well in there
2300-0115 LAX-LHR, HKG, PVG, NRT, SIN
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They will look to add more AKL- HKG,PVG to connect to EZE, PVG is increasing but the slots are rubbish and HKG slots are hard to get.
If NZ is serious about being a carrier from Asia to South America, then it needs to look very carefully at how arrivals from Asia mesh with departures for South America. Right now, it doesn't appear that this has been given a lot of priority, but if NZ is serious about this, and can perhaps envisage a time in the next few years when they might be serving EZE daily and GRU as well, then they do have to look very carefully at how these flights connect. The present pattern, of morning arrivals from Asia and evening departures for South America, is not a serious attempt to win this market.
A bank that's focused to South America also needs to have good connections from Australia - at least from SYD, BNE and MEL, which means in practical terms that it can't be earlier than about 1630-ish if that flight is a return from an outbound early morning flight from AKL. But it's the Asian connecting flights that need to be very carefully considered. In the ideal world, they'd leave their Asian departure point before midnight, and arrive in AKL as close to the departure for South America as practical, allowing perhaps a couple of hours for the connection.
Looking at NZ's four year-round Asian ports, this might mean the following for winter departures. All of these could be a return flight from a morning departure from AKL (providing connectivity in the other direction. However, this would come at a cost in terms of fleet utilisation, which is why a second daily flight on each of these sectors makes a lot of sense - timings of the second flight can be used to maximise utilisation, with fewer concerns about connectivity at the AKL end.
These could all feed into a bank departing AKL at 1700-ish. Note that Houston already has a 1600 departure in the coming winter, which seriously limits Australian connecting traffic, especially from BNE. But the big issue will obviously be slots at the Asian end - all four of the airports concerned (with the exception of SIN?) are seriously slot-constrained, and the airline may have to patiently acquire appropriate slots over a period in order to make this work. They should be starting this now.
Ironically, the coming summer when PVG moves to 10x weekly the "new" flight does arrive at 1910 on WeFrSu, perfect for connections to EZE. However, the "cost" is an 0245 departure from PVG, hardly conducive to attracting premium traffic. I hope we can see moves to acquire better slots for PVG and the other Asian ports over the next few years, in conjunction with market growth to support a second daily flight, with South America in mind.
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