DavidByrne wrote:ZK-NBT wrote:NZ have said repeatedly they have a 'pacific rim' focus meaning no more one stop flights.
Yes, but a Pacific rim "focus" doesn't mean that they won't look elsewhere if the opportunities present themselves. In the past, A-Netters have tended to take these statements much more literally than the airline intended, some arguing that IAH and EZE were not Pacific Rim, therefore implying that the strategy was dead or that the airline was being deceptive in its public statements. I think we need to take the airline's statements as a reflection of current general thinking and capable of shades of interpretation, rather than a hard and fast rule that is to be interpreted literally and applied rigidly.
Of course. While I agree with you on IAH/EZE these are served non stop from AKL and I personally think that is what NZ are about expanding the AKL hub.
Where do you think NZ could profitably serve outside of this pacific rim thinking? Remembering one stop flights are expensive to operate and NZ only have LAX-LHR now, SYD/BNE-NLK and RAR-LAX/SYD I believe are all somewhat subsidised, although not 100% sure on NLK.