So where's Shane Jones now?
Does this prove anything to the regions? Maybe that $49 tickets on Q400's just don't cover the operating costs long term!
I think Shane Jones and the regions could be doing more together with Jones money to support higher frequencies and/or larger services which would help improve costs to airlines.... NSN/BHE/PIC for one example. TRG/ROT/WHK another, WAG/PMR/MRO and surrounding towns another... this includes the infrastructure and transport options around it.
They're all around an hour or so from the airport which is a long drive, but if you were to draw a circumference around an airport or new airport location, darken in the circle based on the population within that circumference, you'd see a massive change based on 25mins vs 65mins in those examples.
One option I guess would be to actually call in Qantas - Jetconnect (since they will be who operates it) or Qantas -NZ to try to capture both sides of that coin.
Unless they do something to get a decent slice of the corporate group it'll be nothing more than cosmetic changes. As other users have said, it's been done before under both "Qantas" and "Qantas New Zealand". Don't forget we've also had Ansett and Pacific Blue give this a go.
They'd need to really ramp up the frequency of services and bring in things like the Qantas Club to domestic ports and offer a high level of comfort, beer and wine on evening flights etc
The issue is, many corporates will also want to access the regional ports and NZ will entice them to sign an agreement to use them for all travel within NZ and will give them a bunch of benefits for spending X amount each year, meaning QF would already start on the back foot.
New Zealand needs a second main operator cause NZ would exploit the profit potential. Thankfully it doesn't sound like the main trunk routes are at risk but then again TT pose a big risk to NZ if JQ/QF withdrawal here..
Given I have family around NZ I agree that competition is good for the consumer and without someone else there NZ could become too greedy and rely on domestic to support other ventures as has happened in the past.
But to put it into the bucket of "main carrier" is personally expecting too much of a country our size both geographically and population-wise.
It's only fair to say NZ is well established with its network and frequency and pretty much owns the core corporate market.
There is absolutely room for someone to come in as a true LCC, I think JQ and more so QF operates in NZ with a model which has too higher operating cost given the segment of the market they're able to get. Running a true LCC on regional routes to smaller cities and towns is almost impossible.
One thing I’d expect with the AA JV is AKl-DFW on AA while QF would downgrade SYD-DFW to a 789, any non SYD pax routed through AKL, so I’d that was the case is there any scope for anything more domestically?
As much as I want QF/AA to open more North America flights from NZ I'd find it hard for that alone to justify any regional flying. QF will be happy to fly WLG/CHC PAX over MEL/SYD/BNE direct into the USA so it's really leaving NPL, NPE feeding it.