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New airline battle lines across the Tasman: Filling a superjumbo gap

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New airline battle lines have been drawn across the Tasman to fill the big gap left by the exit of Emirates' two A380s from Auckland to Australia writes Grant Bradley in the NZHerald.

The Middle Eastern carrier has pulled services from Auckland to Melbourne and Brisbane in favour of its direct service to Dubai.

Emirates' partner Qantas has swooped in with more services to partly fill the gap and so has the Air New Zealand-Virgin Australia alliance whose market share will increase to more than 50 per cent of what's been described as one of the most competitive routes in the world.

The total number of seats will drop by about 4 per cent, according to Macquarie research.

Airlines and agents say competition will remain strong across the Tasman where there are more than seven million passenger journeys a year and last year close to 50,000 flights.

Continue to read the full article here |  ||  April 02, 2018   |||