NZ6 wrote:NZ launched IAH and it was nothing but success from day 1, in fact the route was at the year 5 plan within 18 months. ORD is commencing this year and is tracking very well also.
NZ have very strong foundations in LAX and SFO, you can almost include IAH in that also. Australia supplements North America nicely and will hopefully continue to do so.
My issue or concern has been around NZ's speed to access Eastern North America given their geographical advantage, IAH has been up for a long time. ORD should be active already, ideally NZ would be established in NYC by 2020 but that won't happen.
I agree. The real potential for NZ is to become the carrier of choice for all of Australasia to all of the Americas, and to do that there will need to be a serious diversification of destinations. I understand that they're taking a cautious approach, but the risk is that first mover advantage for some potential destinations may be lost if they tarry too long.