xiaotung wrote:NZ516 wrote:xiaotung wrote:
Thr QF/NZ alliance is virtually meaningless. It was designed to piss off John Borghetti and nothing more. There is zero benefit to anymore flying from cities with direct flights between the two countries. What's left are the likes of Tauranga and Townsville. How important can they be for NZ?
You are wrong. It's around 250,000 extra passengers annually for the airline so not insignificant. Nothing to do with Borghetti its to put the customers first.
My point is how many of those 250,000 pax would have been interline pax anyway? How many of those are Gold/Elite? I can't imagine too many. Then you are telling me most book NZ/QF combination for the very few extra FFP points? I just don't buy it. Had there not been a QF alliance, those who fly from AKL to HBA would continue to fly NZ whoever they might connect with at the other end.
I don't see NZ doing a deal with every interline partners. Are they not putting their customers first? Competitors on the Tasman and friends on domestic connections? This is ridiculous.
Tell me how many carriers can get you from ABX to AKL? Or how many from NPE to SYD?
You do realise that except the big cities all you have in New Zealand is NZ, and even AA sells NZ domestic tickets right? And you do realise that in Australia there are only two carriers that realistically will do any interline that being QF and VA?
No matter what sort of pax they are or what sort of status they have, even if you only earn $75 per pax (which is about as low as you can get anywhere in QF network ever) it's an extra $18.75 million dollars for the carrier. You call that insignificant. QF and NZ beg to differ. People purchase tickets on one ticket stock not (only) for the sake of FFP and points but more importantly the ability to get from A to B on one ticket and knowing that they are protected if any IRROPS comes up.
If you care about your customer this is exactly what you should do - offer them more choices to more destinations easier. This also comes with the benefit of earning extra pocket money. NOT anything that you mentioned.
And if you think this is bad, why not complain about others like Chinese domestic market, where every carrier collaborate to raise fares?