Is Qantas right about NZ? Its rivals might agree
In its last ditch attempt to persuade the ACCC to allow Qantas to reduce its capacity on the New Zealand routes by less than 4% a year under the partnership with Emirates the Australian partner holds out the possible creation of new (or revived) non-stop services such as Adelaide to Auckland as one of the benefits.
Qantas argues that it would not have the aircraft available for such developments if it was compelled to keep its current capacity intact, as the ACCC has proposed.
In short, it wants to cut its capacity by 102,o34 seats a year plus another 6 (!) for Jetstar to 2,568,653 seats from routes where in other filings it claims to losing a small amount of money annually but potentially free up equipment to fly routes to NZ that don’t require connections at Sydney or Melbourne.
Qantas may well have a case. In fact it may well be being quietly urged on from the sidelines by Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, since no-one is flying their jets anywhere near to fully booked on the Tasman routes except for when there are sporting events that fill the odd flight with fans invading stadiums on either side of ‘the ditch’, or ‘duch’.
The public, that is redacted version of the Qantas submission to remove commercially sensitive information, can be found here by scrolling down to the ‘applicant’ submission filed on 18 January.
It isn’t written like a typical media release, as this extract illustrates.