Luxon to step down as NZ CEO by September. One of his last tasks was to integrate his FF program with QF's in light of recent QF FF news.
On a related note, it would at least open the door for NZ and VA to have at least a cordial relationship once again (At least on an interline basis) now that both JB and CL are gone by the end of the year.https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/ ... september/
While they are at it just merge the two airlines it would would make like easier for allot of people... and they wouldn't need to find an new CEO (great cost saving).
But then again that would never been allowed to happen, despite the benefits that could bring.
It might make sense but won't happen. NZ Government remain a controlling shareholder in NZ. They have no interest in operating an Australian airline and after a NZ company's last attempt at doing so 20 years ago, that is probably for the best.
There is definitely space for a closer relationship than the QF/NZ current arrangement which really doesn't offer very much and never can due to competition concerns. It may happen though it will take a couple of years as I think the bitterness of the bust-up has probably left some scars on both sides.
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