Apologies if already posted elsewhere but just saw this come across my Bloomberg. Not sure what this actually means from a FF perspective if VA and NZ will remain strategic partners but interesting nonetheless
I'm somewhat surprised. Whilst I maintain the stance you don't need to have a financial holding in an interest to have a network partner / code-share I didn't see this coming to obviously. Though this is really Air New Zealand wanting to stand on it's own feet.
I think it's handing market share over to Qantas on a silver platter.
No doubt, the obvious outcome will be a price ware between carriers, VA to code-share on the SQ flights to NZ and suspect Tigerair will operate some of the services.
From a lounge point of view in Sydney I'd place a bet on them using the SkyTeam lounge.
Yeah quite unfortunate as the Air NZ lounges are terrific. A shame for anyone who flies regularly across the Tasman.
I think AirNZ imagines they have enough strength in their own brand and fleet to go it alone, particularly with *A. But I wonder if this is a bad move for them as VA would provide feeder passengers from regional destinations who are heading to NZ for holidays etc.
Hilarious that all the VA haters are coming out in the comments section on the Ausbt article saying that it's 'another nail in the coffin for VA'. This is disappointing news, but as far as I'm concerned, VA is on a good upward trajectory, and the SQ/DL partnership is one reason I stick with them. I have also received exceptional service on the phone/in the air/on the ground which can't be said for QF employees.
Just throwing it out there ...would VA now look to utilize an A330 with " The Business" to AKL ex SYD or MEL in a peak period ( ie Fri PM / Sat AM / Sun PM / Mon AM) to increase some capacity on the TT route ?
Swap the seasonal Nadi A330 service over to AKL to attract premium pax away from ANZ .
Pity, but this may backfire on NZ. I cannot see Velocity members rushing to NZ as the Airpoints program is absolute rubbish. VA will no doubt find another lounge for trans Tasman services. The one thing
I will miss is access to domestic lounges in New Zealand, which are quite good (especially CHC domestic). Will stick with Velocity anyway. Access to DL lounges in US a big plus. Top tier NZ don’t get access to domestic UA lounges.