Entries in alliance (9)

Tuesday
May172011

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia elaborate on new network

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have each released information on the trans-Tasman alliance the two airlines worked out late last year.  Currently, Air New Zealand operates 70 percent of all commercial flights across the Tasman Sea, and Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue) operates 30 percent.  That ratio will not change under the new arrangement.  The two airlines are working together on a schedule of times and days (of the week) for the trans-Tasman flights that will optimize convenience for air travelers, and will stay within the terms of the alliance, approved last December by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Air New Zealand sees four main components of the new alliance.  Those are a trans-Tasman and domestic (for both airlines) codeshare agreement, revenue sharing, reciprocity between the two airlines' respective loyalty programs, and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying travelers on each airline.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

Virgin Australia is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Australia operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

related stories

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Group Announce New-look Joint Network (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Announce Joint Network (Virgin Australia)

Thursday
Dec162010

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved

Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue are now approved by anti-trust regulators at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enter into the trans-Tasman partnership rejected by that same regulatory body three months ago.  The ACCC had been unhappy with low passenger capacity levels that the two airlines had in mind for certain trans-Tasman routes, according to the BBC today.  And to discourage a level of collusion on price between the two airlines that it (presumably) deemed unfair, the ACCC required that the number of seats available on those routes be increased.  Upon receiving "more information," detailing the exact nature of the partnership, the ACCC signed off on it.

An Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue alliance had been in the works for five years.  "The alliance still requires the approval of the New Zealand Minister of Transport," according to the New Zealand Herald today.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries operate 99 aircraft to 53 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

The design on the tail fins of Air New Zealand planes is called a koru.  As of the time of this post, the carrier is the largest airline headquartered in the land of the long white cloud, and the only airline to circumnavigate the world.

Virgin Blue is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Virgin Blue and its subsidiaries operate 76 aircraft to 31 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Blue operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

related story

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Virgin Blue, Air New Zealand get alliance approval (Yahoo Finance)

Air NZ, Virgin Blue alliance approved (New Zealand Herald)

Virgin Blue's deal with Air New Zealand backed (BBC)

ACCC approves Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance (http://atwonline.com)

Friday
Oct152010

Jetstar and American agree to codeshare flights

The Australia-based Qantas Airways subsidiary Jetstar Airways, and United States-based American Airlines, have arranged a codeshare agreement.  American Airlines posted to their website yesterday morning that it plans to put its codeshare symbol (AA) on five routes operated by Jetstar entirely within New Zealand, Australia's neighbor across the Tasman Sea.  Three of those are the Jetstar routes between Jetstar's focus city of Auckland, and the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wellington, the national capital.  The other two are routes between Christchurch and Queenstown, and between Christchurch and Wellington.

In addition, an interline agreement between the two carriers will enable American Airlines customers to access the regional network of Jetstar.  Jetstar’s CEO Bruce Buchanan said the codeshare relationship will enable customers to book flights on all three airlines, “as part of a single booking.”  In addition, Jetstar flights marketed with the Qantas codeshare symbol (QF) will be eligible for American Airlines frequent flier program reward points.

Qantas and American are both charter members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Qantas is affectionately nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo.”

Qantas was founded in 1920 in the Australian town of Winton, Queensland, as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  Its official name is now Qantas Airways Limited, and it no longer uses its original full name for any official purpose.  It uses Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), as its hubs, and is based in the Botany Bay neighborhood of Sydney.

Jetstar was founded by Qantas in 2003 as a low-fare subsidiary, operating within Australia.  It is wholly-owned by Qantas, and has since branched out beyond Australia.  It flies 52 aircraft to 30 destinations in the countries of Australia and New Zealand, on the continent of Asia, and including the American state of Hawaii.  Its largest hub is Tullamarine Airport, and its main offices are in Melbourne.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

related stories

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare (September 17, 2010)

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights (September 11, 2010)

Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines (September 9, 2010)

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

original stories

American Airlines and Jetstar Announce Codeshare and Interline Agreements (American Airlines)

American Airlines, Jetstar to code share (Sydney Morning Herald)

American Air deal for Jetstar (New Zealand Herald)

Friday
Sep172010

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare

A Hong Kong-focused codeshare expansion is in the works between Japan Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, according to a press release posted to the website of parent company Japan Airlines Group today.  Japan Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (JL) on the new Cathay Pacific route between Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) and Haneda International Airport in Tokyo (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) scheduled to start on October 31.  Moreover, certain flights operated by both airlines between Hong Kong International and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and by Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong International and New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Japan (IATA: CTS; ICAO: RJCC) will be part of the codeshare.

This agreement is an expansion of a currently existing codeshare in which Japan Airlines places its codeshare symbol on a number of Cathay Pacific flights connecting Hong Kong with Osaka and two small Japanese cities.  The Japan Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Masaru Onishi and Cathay Pacific's CEO Tony Tyler both expressed confidence in the future success of the codeshare expansion.  Both airlines are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  The codeshare expansion is scheduled to begin on October 31, and is still "subject to government approval."

Japan Airlines was formed in 1951, and is the flag carrier of Japan.  Japan Airlines has hubs at both major airports in the Tokyo area, business-oriented Haneda International near the city center, and suburban Narita International.  Its corporate headquarters is in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo.

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, and was founded in 1946 by American and Australian former Air Force pilots.  Its largest hub is at Hong Kong International, and its main offices are in a building at the airport called Cathay Pacific City.

original story (Japan Airlines)

Saturday
Sep112010

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights

Starting next Wednesday, September 15, Delta Air Lines customers will be able to connect seamlessly to the inter-island network of Hawaiian Airlines.  This agreement expands upon a previous agreement which allows customers of each of the two airlines to redeem frequent flier miles with the other airline.  Flights which are part of the codeshare agreement will be available for purchase through Delta's website "and other ticketing channels" starting September 12.  Delta's managing director for alliances seemed particularly pleased with the upcoming alliance, according to a press release posted to the websites of both airlines.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941, and operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL).  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.  Hawaiian Airlines was founded in 1929 as Inter-island Airways.  The airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941.  Its main offices are in Honolulu, the Hawaiian state capital.  Its largest hub is at Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL).

related stories

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

original stories

Delta, Hawaiian Airlines sign codeshare agreement (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement (Delta Air Lines)

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement - Delta customers gain seamless connections with Hawaiian Islands for the first time (Hawaiian Airlines)

Friday
Sep102010

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a draft ruling yesterday rejecting a proposed alliance between the national airline of New Zealand, and the Australian low-cost carrier Virgin Blue.  The Commission, part of the government of Australia, explained that such an alliance would be “likely to reduce competition” along routes between Australia and New Zealand.  Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue originally sought approval for the alliance in an effort to “compete more effectively” with the Australian national airline Qantas AirwaysDenial by the Commission of permission to form the alliance is the second rejection of this type suffered by Virgin Blue over the past week.  Virgin Blue was recently denied permission to form a trans-Pacific alliance with the American-based carrier Delta Air Lines, by the United States Department of Transportation.

Air New Zealand possesses a plurality of the market share on trans-Tasman routes, with 38 percent of the total.  Qantas and its associated short range carrier JetStar together run second, with 32 percent of the market share.  Virgin Blue runs third with 18 percent.

Virgin Blue is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Virgin Blue and its subsidiaries operate 75 aircraft to 31 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Blue operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries operate 99 aircraft to 53 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

As of the time of this post, Air New Zealand is the largest airline headquartered in the land of the long white cloud, and is the only airline to circumnavigate the world.

original stories

Australia Blocks Virgin Blue-Air NZ Tie-Up (CNBC Online)

Double blow clips Virgin Blue's wings (Sydney Morning Herald Online)

Another regulator thwarts Virgin Blue (Sydney Morning Herald Online)

Thursday
Jul292010

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American

In anticipation of joining the Oneworld airline alliance in 2012, the German carrier Air Berlin has signed codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair.  Information posted to Air Berlin’s website on Tuesday explains that these arrangements will give Air Berlin’s customers convenient access to many destinations in Asia, and also to many destinations in North America.

The President and the CEO of American Airlines and Air Berlin respectively, Tom Horton and Joachim Hunold respectively, told the press they were “pleased” and “very pleased,” respectively, at the agreement.  The President of Finnair, Mika Vehviläinen meanwhile, was “delighted” at the intent of Air Berlin to join the Oneworld airline alliance, and noted that customers of Air Berlin, through partnership with Finnair, would gain "first class access to destinations in Asia."  British Airways will act as the alliance sponsor for Air Berlin.

Indeed, geographically, Air Berlin now stands to gain indirect access to a number of new destinations on both sides of its base.  As of this post, it directly operates flights to only seven North American destinations non-stop, year-round.  And it directly operates flights to only seven Asian destinations, non-stop, year-round, only two of which are located in the eastern part of Asia.  The new partnership significantly increases the number of flights available to customers of Air Berlin.

Finnair was founded in 1923.  Its main offices are in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is Vantaa Airport in Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).  Finnair flies non-stop to ten Asian cities.  Eight of those are in the eastern part of Asia.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  The airline relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related stories

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original stories

Air Berlin concludes codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair after joining oneworld (Air Berlin)

Air Berlin to join oneworld alliance (British Airways)

Thursday
Jul222010

DOT grants anti-trust immunity to BA-Iberia-AA alliance

A partnership among three airlines in the Oneworld alliance received anti-trust immunity from the United States Department of Transportation today.  The proposed partnership of British Airways, Iberia, and American Airlines got the go-ahead from the European Union on Wednesday of last week.  A press release on the subject, put out today by British Airways claimed the partnership would "expand customer choice by supporting routes that would not be economically viable for a single airline."

Now if everything goes as the airlines intend, 80 percent of international flights will soon be controlled by one of the three giant airline alliances, Oneworld, Star Alliance, or SkyTeam.  This is a tradeoff, between better coordination between flights, generally viewed positively by air travelers; and less competition, generally viewed negatively by air travelers because it is associated with higher fares.

British Airways was formed in 1974 with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is the United Kingdom’s highest-profile airline, and is headquartered very near its main hub Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in the London borough of Hillingdon.  Iberia is the Spanish flag carrier, and was founded in 1927.  It is based in the national capital of Madrid, and maintains its largest hub at Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD).  American Airlines was founded in New York in 1930, when dozens of smaller airlines merged to form American Airways.  It relocated its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979, where the airline’s main offices remain today.  American’s largest hub is at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

related stories

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

original stories

Green Light for Transatlantic Joint Business (British Airways)

Frequently asked questions about the alliance (European Union)

The airlines' international antitrust trifecta - SkyTeam, Oneworld, Star Alliance all now permitted to collude with partners (www.consumertraveler.com)

Monday
Jul052010

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta

Today Alitalia, the highest-profile Italian-based airline, joined Air France, KLM, and Delta Air Lines in the largest trans-Atlantic joint venture of airlines.  The geographic scope of this network of airlines covers more than two thirds of the circumference of the Earth, from French Polynesia in the west, to India in the east.  Such a large network of airlines is enabled by anti-trust immunity granted to the member airlines by national and supra-national governments on both sides of the Atlantic.  This agreement among the four airlines allows Alitalia to remain in the network until at least 2022. 

Air France and KLM, the flag carriers of France and the Netherlands respectively, merged in 2004, although each airline has retained its own branding scheme and logos.  American-based Delta Air Lines merged with KLM partner Northwest Airlines in 2008, and joined this network in 2009.  The arrangement allows the member airlines to "share revenues and costs" associated with flying trans-Atlantic routes, according to a press release put out by Delta today.  Delta stated that this four-way alliance now represents more than a quarter of total capacity in trans-Atlantic passenger air travel.

related stories

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

 Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original stories

Alitalia Joins Air France-KLM Group (Delta Air Lines)

Alitalia joins Air France-KLM Group, Delta Air Lines in industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture (Air France)