Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have welcomed
the New Zealand Ministry of Transport’s decision to extend
authorisation of their joint venture alliance.
New Zealand regulatory approval is the final step in enabling the
two flag carriers to extend their alliance for a further five
years until March 2024.
“The decision to re-authorise the
alliance reinforces the benefits it has delivered to the New
Zealand market in its first four years. We look forward to
continue working closely with our alliance partner Air New
Zealand to provide even more travel options for our customers,”
said Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning,
Mr Tan Kai Ping.
Since the launch
of the alliance in January 2015, the two airlines have increased
flight frequency on routes between Singapore and New Zealand,
providing travellers with greater choice and convenience. This
includes a new Singapore - Wellington service via Australia in 2016,
along with increased peak season services to Christchurch.
The alliance has increased seat capacity by more than 25% between Singapore and New Zealand. The carriers will be
launching a third daily service between Singapore and Auckland on
28 October 2018, boosting capacity by 40% on the route,
with more than 165,000 additional seats annually. It will also
shorten connection times and improve connectivity to destinations
in Europe, India and Southeast Asia through the Singapore hub.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and
Alliances Officer, Nick Judd, said, “Partnerships such as this
have been key to successfully growing Air New Zealand’s
international network and delivering important benefits to our
customers. Singapore Airlines has been a strong alliance partner
and we are excited at the opportunities the re-authorisation
provides our two airlines.”
During peak months, the airlines will jointly operate a total
of 35 return services a week between Singapore and New Zealand,
including services to Wellington and Christchurch.
Air New Zealand.