Jetstar to NZ $99, AirNZ Virgin Aust codeshare

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See J*'s website. (I hope the return is cheap too btw).

And how's this Mr Qantas:

AUCKLAND and BRISBANE, 16 May 2011: Air New Zealand Ltd (NZSX: AIR) and Virgin Australia Airlines1[1] (ASX: VBA) have today announced plans for their new-look joint trans-Tasman network, a key part of their new alliance.

The alliance will connect Air New Zealand’s domestic network of 26 ports to Virgin Australia’s domestic network of 31 domestic ports, offering the largest ever Australasian route network for trans-Tasman travellers. The new network announced today will be effective for the upcoming Northern Winter 2011 schedule (November 2011 – March 2012) and tickets will be on sale from July this year, when the codeshare commences.

Air New Zealand will operate approximately 70% of the capacity and Virgin Australia’s Pacific Blue2[2] airline will operate 30%, similar to the relative market share the airlines had prior to the commencement of the Alliance.

Total capacity is currently above that required by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT).

It will see the adjustment of Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue flight times to ensure more convenient schedules for passengers, for example:

§ Brisbane-Wellington – previously both airlines had flights at similar times four days per week and no afternoon flights on some days. The new schedule will see Pacific Blue operating a double-daily service of morning and afternoon/evening flights

§ Brisbane-Christchurch – previously both airlines had flights at similar times four days per week. The new schedule will see the two airlines operate a combined double-daily service of morning and afternoon/evening flights

§ Queenstown-Sydney – previously both airlines had flights at similar times on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, the new schedule will offer a flight five days a week in peak demand months

§ Wellington-Sydney – previously both airlines had flights at similar times two days a week and no afternoon flights on some days. The new schedule will see Air New Zealand operating double-daily services of morning and afternoon/evening flights

There will also be transferring of capacity on some routes between the two airlines where appropriate, for example:

§ Pacific Blue will take up Air New Zealand services between Sydney/Melbourne and Dunedin, operating during the December and January peak. There is also improved connectivity via Christchurch to new double daily Christchurch-Brisbane, Christchurch-Sydney and Christchurch-Melbourne services

§ Air New Zealand will assume all Wellington-Sydney flying and Pacific Blue will assume all Brisbane-Wellington flying

Capacity changes will occur on some routes to match demand and market conditions, for example:

§ Capacity on Air New Zealand Auckland-Adelaide services will increase by 16%, with a daily service in the peak summer months, and Auckland-Perth services will increase to eight times per week (up 4%) over the summer peak.

§ Air New Zealand will take over operation of the Auckland-Cairns route and frequency will be matched to projected demand

§ Total capacity into and out of Wellington is up 3.5%, with Melbourne-Wellington enjoying the largest increase of 10.5% and Brisbane-Wellington up 5%

§ Capacity on Christchurch markets will be reduced by around 14% to match the reduction in demand as a result of the recent earthquake


Total capacity to and from Auckland remains unchanged, including Air New Zealand’s wide body services on Auckland-Sydney, Auckland-Melbourne and Auckland-Brisbane.

“Since we received ACCC and MOT approval in December 2010, we have had dedicated teams from both airlines working closely together to optimise the networkâ€, Air New Zealand Group General Manager Australasia Airline Bruce Parton said.


“The changes better match capacity to demand and in many instances this means a greater range of flight times by removing ‘wingtip flying’, as well as better connections to domestic Australia and domestic New Zealand flights.â€

“In addition, as indicated last year, we are actively looking at a couple of potential new trans-Tasman routes which we will likely make a decision on before the end of the year,†says Mr Parton.

Virgin Australia Group Executive Commercial Liz Savage said: “With plans for the joint network now in place, we are focusing on the launch of our comprehensive product offering in early July. We will provide reciprocal Velocity and Airpoints frequent flyer programs and lounge access in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a coordinated offering of in-flight products and services, so that guests will receive similar first-rate service and benefits, no matter which airline they fly.

“Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are also committed to growing the market, with plans to grow capacity further from March next year for the Northern Summer schedule.

“Regional areas in Australia and New Zealand will also see significant benefits from the alliance, as the two airlines will offer codeshare flights on each other’s domestic services as part of connecting Tasman journeys. This will open up regional destinations in both countries like never before, making it easier for regional residents to get across the Tasman and for tourists to access regional destinations in Australia and New Zealand,†Ms Savage said.

The Alliance has four key components:

§ A broad free-sale code share arrangement covering all Tasman sectors and domestic Australian and New Zealand sectors as part of a connecting journey

§ A revenue share agreement

§ Reciprocal loyalty scheme benefits to members of Air New Zealand’s Airpoints loyalty programme and Virgin Australia’s Velocity Rewards programme.

§ Reciprocal lounge access to qualifying guests of either airline

ENDS

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$199.22 for a return flight to Christchurch.
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Anybody want to look after my 5yr old and 1yr old for a week while I go skiing in NZ ?
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Just booked a ski weekend to Christchurch... leave Fri after work, come back Mon before work.

$198 return.... that's crazy!
 
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Interesting stuff but no word on direct trans-Tasman flights into Queenstown which for this forum is the probably of greatest relevance

Being a skier I'm pretty biased but I think Queenstown still the one 'city' crying out for more direct services from oz (esp from cities other than Sydney). Lets see what happens for this market under this new arrangement - would be nice to think the price premium for Queenstown reduces a tad.
 

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Are you in Sydney because: ...

AUCKLAND and BRISBANE, 16 May 2011: Air New Zealand Ltd (NZSX: AIR) and Virgin Australia Airlines1[1] (ASX: VBA) have today announced plans for their new-look joint trans-Tasman network, a key part of their new alliance.

The alliance will connect Air New Zealand’s domestic network of 26 ports to Virgin Australia’s domestic network of 31 domestic ports, offering the largest ever Australasian route network for trans-Tasman travellers. The new network announced today will be effective for the upcoming Northern Winter 2011 schedule (November 2011 – March 2012) and tickets will be on sale from July this year, when the codeshare commences.

Air New Zealand will operate approximately 70% of the capacity and Virgin Australia’s Pacific Blue2[2] airline will operate 30%, similar to the relative market share the airlines had prior to the commencement of the Alliance.

Total capacity is currently above that required by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT).

It will see the adjustment of Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue flight times to ensure more convenient schedules for passengers, for example:

§ Brisbane-Wellington – previously both airlines had flights at similar times four days per week and no afternoon flights on some days. The new schedule will see Pacific Blue operating a double-daily service of morning and afternoon/evening flights

§ Brisbane-Christchurch – previously both airlines had flights at similar times four days per week. The new schedule will see the two airlines operate a combined double-daily service of morning and afternoon/evening flights

§ Queenstown-Sydney – previously both airlines had flights at similar times on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, the new schedule will offer a flight five days a week in peak demand months

§ Wellington-Sydney – previously both airlines had flights at similar times two days a week and no afternoon flights on some days. The new schedule will see Air New Zealand operating double-daily services of morning and afternoon/evening flights

There will also be transferring of capacity on some routes between the two airlines where appropriate, for example:

§ Pacific Blue will take up Air New Zealand services between Sydney/Melbourne and Dunedin, operating during the December and January peak. There is also improved connectivity via Christchurch to new double daily Christchurch-Brisbane, Christchurch-Sydney and Christchurch-Melbourne services

§ Air New Zealand will assume all Wellington-Sydney flying and Pacific Blue will assume all Brisbane-Wellington flying

Capacity changes will occur on some routes to match demand and market conditions, for example:

§ Capacity on Air New Zealand Auckland-Adelaide services will increase by 16%, with a daily service in the peak summer months, and Auckland-Perth services will increase to eight times per week (up 4%) over the summer peak.

§ Air New Zealand will take over operation of the Auckland-Cairns route and frequency will be matched to projected demand

§ Total capacity into and out of Wellington is up 3.5%, with Melbourne-Wellington enjoying the largest increase of 10.5% and Brisbane-Wellington up 5%

§ Capacity on Christchurch markets will be reduced by around 14% to match the reduction in demand as a result of the recent earthquake


Total capacity to and from Auckland remains unchanged, including Air New Zealand’s wide body services on Auckland-Sydney, Auckland-Melbourne and Auckland-Brisbane.

“Since we received ACCC and MOT approval in December 2010, we have had dedicated teams from both airlines working closely together to optimise the networkâ€, Air New Zealand Group General Manager Australasia Airline Bruce Parton said.


“The changes better match capacity to demand and in many instances this means a greater range of flight times by removing ‘wingtip flying’, as well as better connections to domestic Australia and domestic New Zealand flights.â€

“In addition, as indicated last year, we are actively looking at a couple of potential new trans-Tasman routes which we will likely make a decision on before the end of the year,†says Mr Parton.

Virgin Australia Group Executive Commercial Liz Savage said: “With plans for the joint network now in place, we are focusing on the launch of our comprehensive product offering in early July. We will provide reciprocal Velocity and Airpoints frequent flyer programs and lounge access in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a coordinated offering of in-flight products and services, so that guests will receive similar first-rate service and benefits, no matter which airline they fly.

“Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are also committed to growing the market, with plans to grow capacity further from March next year for the Northern Summer schedule.

“Regional areas in Australia and New Zealand will also see significant benefits from the alliance, as the two airlines will offer codeshare flights on each other’s domestic services as part of connecting Tasman journeys. This will open up regional destinations in both countries like never before, making it easier for regional residents to get across the Tasman and for tourists to access regional destinations in Australia and New Zealand,†Ms Savage said.

The Alliance has four key components:

§ A broad free-sale code share arrangement covering all Tasman sectors and domestic Australian and New Zealand sectors as part of a connecting journey

§ A revenue share agreement

§ Reciprocal loyalty scheme benefits to members of Air New Zealand’s Airpoints loyalty programme and Virgin Australia’s Velocity Rewards programme.

§ Reciprocal lounge access to qualifying guests of either airline

ENDS

Media Contacts:
 

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Queenstown airport is in the bottom of a steep valley. The airoplanes can't fly directly in, the need to spiral lower to land, and apparently need to be flown manually, rather than autopilot. As this makes the flight more dangerous, the nz govt have restricted flights so that they must leave and land during daylight. This restricts the number of flights, and also the times that airplanes can leave from Australia.
 

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as a bit of a derail has anyone seen any more info on the flights between Aust and NZ been classed as a domestic flight
 

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socold said:
as a bit of a derail has anyone seen any more info on the flights between Aust and NZ been classed as a domestic flight

it really should be.
 
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Seth said:
socold said:
as a bit of a derail has anyone seen any more info on the flights between Aust and NZ been classed as a domestic flight

it really should be.
taxes wise yes
immigration wise no
 
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surely we can work it out.

Europe has.
Oh I agree on that
but..australia is scared of the world.
imagine all the plane people from india and china..
 
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But it looks like a no go this year.
 
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Tahoe is calling

hmmmm, maybe but wife might be screaming!
Depends which one makes the most noise.
 
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Wife seems to think Phuket is calling.
When she said that I said 'Oh phuket!'
 

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TOFF said:
Wife seems to think Phuket is calling.
When she said that I said 'Oh phuket!'

You didn't marry a skier, did you.
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TOFF

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Born2ski said:
You didn't marry a skier, did you.
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No. (hangs head in shame)

I made the mistake of marrying for love. No one told me that it will fade and get all wrinkly, that the colour will crack and peel off and that age shall weary them!









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TOFF said:
Born2ski said:
You didn't marry a skier, did you.
nono.gif

No. (hangs head in shame)

I made the mistake of marrying for love. No one told me that it will fade and get all wrinkly, that the colour will crack and peel off and that age shall weary them!









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youre talking about your member again TOFF
poignant.
 
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My member is still as young and fresh as it has ever been. Moisturiser and a special massage technique ensures youthful looks remain.
 

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Donza said:
TOFF said:
Born2ski said:
You didn't marry a skier, did you.
nono.gif

No. (hangs head in shame)

I made the mistake of marrying for love. No one told me that it will fade and get all wrinkly, that the colour will crack and peel off and that age shall weary them!









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youre talking about your member again TOFF
poignant.

Can't you see it???? His wife is wearing his pants, gets a new kitchen and then gets a holiday to Phuket.
 
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TOFF said:
My member is still as young and fresh as it has ever been. Moisturiser and a special massage technique ensures youthful looks remain.

Don't forget to add 'lack of use'.
 
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TOFF

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As new, still in mint condition.
Plenty of miles still left in it.
 

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woah thems fighting words - do you ski Buller now all of a sudden?

dont worry honey, Jindy still looks like the goods for me this year.
 

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woah thems fighting words - do you ski Buller now all of a sudden?

dont worry honey, Jindy still looks like the goods for me this year.

I wish i could ski Buller

That would cheer Verm up no end
alas
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Can't you see it???? His wife is wearing his pants, gets a new kitchen and then gets a holiday to Phuket.

You're right, I am a wonderful husband and man!
 
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Booked a 5 day trip to NZ in August from Melbourne, going over Air NZ (to get the flight out at 5:30pm) coming back Jetstar arriving at 0805 and straight to work.

Pity the Jetstar flight out of Melbourne is in the morning, if at night would have been awesome!

Can anyone here remind me or point me to Jetstar's ski bag carrying policy? I have bought 20kgs of luggage, was going to carry my boots carry on and put clothing in my ski bag.
 

TOFF

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You can do that but weights (including carry on) are strictly enforced.
For 5 days though you should be ok with 20kgs plus carry on.
 

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Budgiesmuggler said:
Queenstown airport is in the bottom of a steep valley. The airoplanes can't fly directly in, the need to spiral lower to land, and apparently need to be flown manually, rather than autopilot. As this makes the flight more dangerous, the nz govt have restricted flights so that they must leave and land during daylight. This restricts the number of flights, and also the times that airplanes can leave from Australia.

Fair enough BudgieS but I understand new radar has made it easier for AirNZ jets to land in bad weather. Would still be good to get greater competition & lower prices into Queenstown - discounts are still fairly scarce prob due to high occupancies
 
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looks like fares to ski new zealand next year will be a lot higher.

With Virgin & Air new zealand controlling most of the market, they will cut back flights so they can make money.

How could ACCC & their new zealand equivalent, let this go ahead ?

Virgin must have really yelled they they would pull out, due to loses.

Would not be surprised if Jetstar take over more qantas services.

$99 fares are only there because of earthquake.
 
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