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Fri, 23 Aug 2019

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific Extend Joint Venture Alliance

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 2024.

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 strategy.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 reg: ZK-NZF. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

"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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