I like Rob Fyfe, the CEO of Air New Zealand. He’s a next generation leader not scared to do the tough stuff. But I disagree with his position on long range services out of Wellington.
Stuff: Air NZ boss says Asia service a long shot. Specifically …
It does feel a dimension of this is being driven to a degree by regional ego rather than commercial pragmatism
This was a stupid thing to say. There is real commercial benefit for long haul into Wellington. Wellington is special. It’s small size fosters networking and creativity. We’re becoming the film and software action area. Flying through Auckland is a pain. Rather than being dumped before security at 5:30 am on Saturday morning you were in your home town. 4 hours power nap, ready for a morning latte with the family at 10:00. Ready to go.
Travelling with kids. Connections add 3+ hours to the trip. Going to London could be as easy as one hop to Asia. Stay a night. Another hop to the UK. Too easy.
Long haul to Wellington would stimulate travel. It would add many new trips. Wellington would be directly connected to the world. It would be a huge boost.
Rob’s position is natural. Fewer hubs is less cost for Air New Zealand. But in this case it’s just too important.
Couple of flights a week to somewhere in Asia and San Fran. It would be brilliant!
^^ All this stuff about Akld vs. Wgtn just illustrates different mind sets.
I couldn't agree more ... I love both cities and each for different reasons ... It is impossible to nominate one city better than another BUT then again, things change when we talk about places like HUNTLY :lol:^^ All this stuff about Akld vs. Wgtn just illustrates different mind sets.
One city is not necessarily "better" than the other!
For some of us Auckland's size (relatively speaking in relation to NZ) does it for us, and for others Wellington's little peculiarities does it for them.
Whatever floats your boat....:nuts: