The LH Group/VA interline mentioned in last month's thread.viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1435975&p=21844095#p21843955
Also related: NH and VA had been interlining between AU and Japan via HKG for a while now due to the HX situation, there was also the option for Japan commuters to use NH instead of HX on the booking engines.
Edit: And as per previously, good to see that EY and SQ had been hands-off on allegedly "deciding" who VA can "partner" and "cannot partner" with since Scurrah took over. Since then there's also been the VS and the negotiation of the AM (Skyteam) and NH (Star Alliance) codeshare partnerships.
The management cleanup on all sides (including the departures of Hogan, Borghetti, et al definitely helped) and allowed VA to once again expand their partnerships by removing that "alleged" partnership restrictions from EY and SQ.
With the departure of Luxon from NZ, it would be hoped that there is some reconciliation there also. The current QF/NZ allioance is virtually meaningless and will never develop further due to competition considerations.
The QF/NZ alliance will be around for a while it certainly is not meaningless. Australian passengers can connect on to the Air NZ domestic network while the same applies the other way. It's a better match up than the former NZ/VA alliance which offered less choice of destinations and on board product similarities are another.
For the alliance to be of any value to NZ, it has to generate international feed from AU onto NZ's trans-Pacific services. During the NZ/VA alliance, if you searched for a flight on the VA website to, say Houston from MEL, you were offered one-stop services on VA/DL via LAX or one-stop via AKL on NZ with a VA code. Try doing a similar search now using alliance partner QF and NZ's offering never appear even down the bottom below UA which is nothing more than an interline partner. QF's search engine will always direct you onto their services and the only difference will be whether the connection is on AA or UA.
NZ doesn't have the local population to fully support its international services and relies on AU transfer pax. The VA partnership was a way to achieve this. Due to competition restrictions and QF's mammoth Pacific presence, the current arrangement will never do this.
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