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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand announce partnership

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand announce partnership
17 Jan 2014

Two major airlines have announced a new partnership that will see an increased number of flights between Asia and the South Pacific.

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand will embark on a new alliance with a view to enabling new routes for both airlines from December 2014. Air New Zealand will resume flights between Auckland and Singapore, a route that was previously stopped, while Singapore Airlines will fly to the Antipodean nation's capital using its Airbus A380s for the first ever time.

Although the partnership is still awaiting regulatory approval, it will lead to increased flight frequency between the two destinations. Air New Zealand will launch daily services between the two countries, including five weekly flights operated by Singapore Airlines.

In total, the partnership is expected to increase capacity between Singapore and New Zealand by up to 30 per cent around the year.

Goh Choon Phong, chief executive of Singapore Airlines, said: "This alliance is another example of our commitment to the important Southwest Pacific market, and our commitment to the further enhancement of our network.

"This is a genuine win-win partnership, enabling Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to work together to provide more flight frequency and enhanced travel options to our customers."

Christopher Luxon, chief executive of Air New Zealand, also welcomed the deal, noting that the airline is on a "positive growth trajectory" and is placing an emphasis on expansion to Pacific Rim destinations.

"An alliance with Singapore Airlines clearly fits our business objectives of working with the right partners in the right markets to deliver seamless customer journeys."

The alliance will mark the first time that Air New Zealand's NZ code has been on Singapore Airlines' network since 2007. The New Zealand flag carrier has not flown to the south-east Asian country since 2006.

Before the deal has gone through, it will need to be approved by the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport.ADNFCR-408-ID-801683434-ADNFCR

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