Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand form alliance

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Air New Zealand designSingapore Airlines and Air New Zealand on January 16 announced an alliance to expand services to both countries and boost their global reach as they look to capitalise on growing tourism traffic.

The alliance will enable Singapore Airlines to operate its Airbus A380 superjumbos to New Zealand for the first time, progressively replacing daily services using the smaller Boeing 777-300ER, the firms said in a joint statement. Air New Zealand will resume daily services between Auckland and Singapore using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, the statement said. Air New Zealand last operated flights to Singapore in 2006.

The two carriers are aiming to boost their capacity between Singapore and New Zealand by up to 30 per cent. Singapore Airlines’ daily Singapore-Christchurch service will continue as part of the alliance. The deal will also expand Air New Zealand’s connectivity to the rest of the world through Singapore Airlines’ extensive network.

Air New Zealand passengers will be able to access code share travel on the Singapore Airlines network to Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as on the network of its regional subsidiary, SilkAir. Singapore Airlines customers will in turn enjoy code share travel across the Air New Zealand domestic network and to the Pacific islands.

The two carriers are seeking approval for the deal from the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport, and said flights under the new alliance could start as early as December 2014.

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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand on January 16 announced an alliance to expand services to both countries and boost their global reach as they look to capitalise on growing tourism traffic.

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Air New Zealand designSingapore Airlines and Air New Zealand on January 16 announced an alliance to expand services to both countries and boost their global reach as they look to capitalise on growing tourism traffic.

The alliance will enable Singapore Airlines to operate its Airbus A380 superjumbos to New Zealand for the first time, progressively replacing daily services using the smaller Boeing 777-300ER, the firms said in a joint statement. Air New Zealand will resume daily services between Auckland and Singapore using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, the statement said. Air New Zealand last operated flights to Singapore in 2006.

The two carriers are aiming to boost their capacity between Singapore and New Zealand by up to 30 per cent. Singapore Airlines’ daily Singapore-Christchurch service will continue as part of the alliance. The deal will also expand Air New Zealand’s connectivity to the rest of the world through Singapore Airlines’ extensive network.

Air New Zealand passengers will be able to access code share travel on the Singapore Airlines network to Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as on the network of its regional subsidiary, SilkAir. Singapore Airlines customers will in turn enjoy code share travel across the Air New Zealand domestic network and to the Pacific islands.

The two carriers are seeking approval for the deal from the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport, and said flights under the new alliance could start as early as December 2014.

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