Luisvalero wrote:aerorobnz wrote:There's no point,
1) BA would be competing for the bottom of the barrel low yield stuff,
2) their inflight product beaten comprehensively across the classes by just about every single airline serving AKL.
3) They have long since dropped out of the travel consciousness of New Zealand travellers - a few people use BA ex SYD to SIN on QF codeshare tickets but it isn't more than a handful.
4) Most importantly they have QF/MH/AA/CX/LA serving the market with BA codeshares. BA flies to SYD/KUL/LAX/HKG and SCL already.
If AKL doesn't work for BA due to competition (QR, EK, Thai, Malaysia, SQ, KE, & chinese carriers), how can BA sustain it's Daily LHR-SIN-SYD
20 competitors! This is insane! And we have also QF LHR-DXB-SYD, + DL, AA, UA, AC, LATAM
SYD has a population of the entire country of New Zealand (and Australia 5x the population overall). AKL doesn't need that because it can't generate enough travelers to hope to fill the flights either inbound or outbound- AKL already struggles now with the number of airlines, and there is a very limited demand window for NZ. . I can't really comment on why they still bother with SYD except that it is a major oneworld partner hub and they always have stayed in the market (as opposed to having not been here for over 20 years), but it probably survives in part due to having QF feed from AKL/WLG./CHC/ZQN. Add in an AKL flight and you take demand off the SYD too which won't help load factors. There is no real need for historical flagship kind of flights now, they tend to be unprofitable which is ultimately what drives flag carriers now.