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Auckland International Airport

Operated by Auckland International Airport Limited, Auckland Airport is the largest airport in New Zealand and serves as the main international gateway to the country. Auckland Airport is the primary hub for Air New Zealand and hosts domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services from over 20 airlines.

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Air New Zealand 1H2015: stronger 2H fuel gains will support 12% "strong growth mode"

25-Feb-2015 1:08 PM

Air New Zealand remains one of the world's few investment-rated airlines (Baa3), and the only rated airline outside North America and Europe. Its latest results reinforced that position. Air NZ is building on that strength with a 20% increase in pre-tax profits in the first half of its fiscal year, the six months to 30-Dec-2014. That result was driven by increased revenue performance, notably a 1.9% yield gain and 1.2% increase in traffic.

Air NZ realised only a modest NZD20 million (USD15 million) gain from fuel as lower prices were offset by hedging losses. Air NZ expects a stronger gain of approximately NZD82 million (USD61 million) in the second half, but this too will be well short of what Air NZ could have realised without hedging losses.

Some of the fuel price gain will be used to stimulate demand as Air NZ grows at a much faster 12% rate in the second half. This includes its new Auckland-Singapore route, domestic growth twice the rate of New Zealand's GDP. Later in 2015 comes the start of a Buenos Aires service – and possibly a fourth - as yet undisclosed - North American destination.

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia seek re-authorisation for US-Australia JV despite low growth

21-Jan-2015 10:31 AM

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia are seeking re-authorisation for 10 years from Australian regulators for their joint venture. The US DoT initially took longer to approve the alliance but gave indefinite approval. Virgin continues to need Delta as a partner more than Delta needs Virgin, owing to the numerous connections from US gateways Virgin needs access to. The two will account for 25% of 2015's seat capacity compared to a much larger 56% for Qantas, with the remaining 19% held by United.

There have been limited developments from the smaller carriers, and Delta and Virgin have offered little growth. Nor in their application do they suggest further growth is on the horizon. Virgin Australia is short on long-haul aircraft and anyway is focused on its core domestic market. Delta has a much larger globe to tend to. United has made incremental changes while Qantas has grown the most. Given market dynamics, there is little prospect for a new entrant.

Air New Zealand to launch Buenos Aires with Aerolineas Argentinas codeshare & AsiaPac connections

18-Dec-2014 8:00 PM

Air New Zealand is boldly moving forward with its longstanding aspiration to serve Latin America by announcing plans to launch service to Buenos Aires in 2015. The new Auckland-Buenos Aires route is made possible by a new partnership with Aerolineas Argentinas, which will provide connections within South America and local sales support.

For Air NZ, Buenos Aires fills the last major white spot in its network following the upcoming resumption of services to Singapore. Argentina has proven to be a challenging market for foreign carriers but for Air NZ it represents the best South American option with a risk level that is acceptable with the right partnerships.

For Aerolineas, codesharing with Air NZ provides an opportunity to add New Zealand and Australia back to its network. Aerolineas pulled out of the Southwest Pacific market in Apr-2014, leaving a void which Air NZ is eager to fill as it has the aircraft type and connections to succeed where Aerolineas failed.

Hawaiian Airlines' bullish outlook is underpinned by slowing growth and a bolstered balance sheet

11-Dec-2014 12:30 AM

Moderating growth, maturing markets and less intense capital commitments are some of the main drivers of Hawaiian Airlines’ positive outlook for CY2015 that includes margin expansion and cost control.

After rapid long-haul international expansion that commenced in CY2010, Hawaiian during 2014 has entered into a slower growth period that should provide space for the airline to continue strengthening its balance sheet and meet its stated liquidity and leverage targets.

As it takes a breather from its ambitious network transformation, Hawaiian is scrutinising the role new Airbus narrowbodies will play in its route structure once the aircraft come online beginning in CY2017.

Chinese airline growth in direct services will reduce New Zealand dependency on Australian transfers

27-Nov-2014 1:00 PM

China Southern Airlines is on track to achieve its target of having 55 weekly flights to Australia/New Zealand by the end of 2015, with peak southern summer flights to reach 52 weekly. China Southern's presence in Australia has been highly visible, but its growth in New Zealand has been quieter. After entering New Zealand just three years ago, China Southern in 2015 will have more peak capacity there than Cathay Pacific. China Eastern will also enter the market, although only for the peak season, while Air China has flagged entry into New Zealand as part of a proposed joint venture with Air New Zealand. Chinese visitor numbers to New Zealand have doubled in four years.

This additional capacity should help New Zealand receive more direct Chinese visitors. This will help reduce its reliance on passengers arriving from Australia, which in 2013 accounted for half of the Chinese visitors to New Zealand. Air China's proposed joint venture with Air New Zealand will help Air New Zealand's prospects in mainland China. The two have been distant, causing Air New Zealand to withdraw from Beijing. Still, Air China may not be enough for Air New Zealand, which may need to consider another Chinese partner.

Hawaiian Airlines long-haul fortunes continue to improve, but cost pressure looms in 4Q2014

28-Oct-2014 1:00 AM

Hawaiian Airlines continued to see improvements in its long-haul network during 3Q2014 as the changes it has made to lift the fortunes on its Asian and Australian routes seem to be bearing fruit.

The airline’s performance in its North American and inter-island markets was more tempered as those regions recorded strong performances in 3Q2013, making the comparisons a bit more difficult. However, capacity in North America is up year-on-year, driven in part by Hawaiian adding service to the US west coast.

Hawaiian started 4Q2014 facing unit cost inflation as one-time investments and other items are pressuring its cost performance. The airline believes that some drivers of its higher costs should be accretive in the long term, and expects some decrease in unit cost growth during 2015.

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