New Zealand's Minister of Transport Phil Twyford
has re-authorised the joint venture alliance between Cathay
Pacific and Air New Zealand for a further five years to 31 October
During peak months, the alliance partners
jointly operate a total of 25 return services per week, including
four services between Christchurch and Hong Kong.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and
Alliances Officer Nick Judd said the Cathay Pacific partnership
plays a significant role in the airline's Pacific Rim network
"Since forming an alliance in 2013, we've
together increased frequency and capacity between New Zealand and
Hong Kong, providing travellers with up to four services a day.
Hong Kong is an important gateway for travel within North Asia,
including into Southern China and beyond. We have a strong
partnership with Cathay Pacific and together we can stimulate
tourism and trade, as well as providing customers with better
connectivity and choice."
Cathay Pacific Director Commercial Lavinia Lau,
added, "Our joint venture alliance with Air New Zealand
has allowed us to offer more flights and more seats between Hong
Kong and New Zealand, while also enabling us to introduce new
routes such as our non-stop seasonal service to Christchurch which
will step up from three to four flights per week this year. With
this partnership extended for a further five years, we can
continue to offer more choice and convenience to our customers
when they fly with us."
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