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Fri, 5 Oct 2018

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand Welcome Renewed Regulatory Approval for Alliance

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have welcomed the New Zealand Ministry of Transportís decision to extend authorisation of their joint venture alliance.

The renewed 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.

ďThe 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,Ē said Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Mr Tan Kai Ping.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reg: ZK-NZK at Changi Airport in Singapore. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com from a Runway Room at the multi-award winning Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel. Click to enlarge.

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, ďPartnerships such as this have been key to successfully growing Air New Zealandís 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.Ē

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.

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