Ten years later, Air New Zealand are hopefully wiser and Virgin are a better business than Ansett Australia were. Former chief executive Rod Eddington “described Ansett publicly and internally as a great airline, but a poor business”.
It makes huge sense for Air NZ to have a strong relationship with an Australian carrier. The tie ups with V mean passengers can flow into and out of the Australian and New Zealand markets and Air NZ international routes.
I believe it would also make sense for Virgin Australia to join the Star Alliance network just as Ansett was a member. They made overtures to SkyTeam via Delta.
I am curious to see Virgin-Air NZ future plans.
As always, the Australasian airline scene remains interesting.