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Singapore Airlines -
Air NewZealand Alliance
Singapore Airlines and Air
New Zealand have agreed
to form an alliance. This will
enable Air New Zealand to fly
the Auckland-Singapore route
again (the airline last flew to
Singapore in 2006) and allow
Singapore Airlines to operate
the Airbus A380 to New
Zealand for the first time.
The A380 would be
operated daily between
Singapore and Auckland
(above), progressively
replacing an existing daily
service that currently uses the
smaller Boeing 777-300ER.
Air New Zealand would
launch daily services between
Auckland and Singapore using
newly refitted Boeing 777-
200ER aircraft, taking over
customers would be able to
access codeshare travel across
the Air New Zealand domestic
network and to selected
international destinations.
Singapore Airlines CEO
Goh Choon Phong said, “This
alliance is another example
of our commitment to the
important South-west 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.”
Air New Zealand CEO
Christopher Luxon added,
“Air New Zealand is on a
positive growth trajectory
with a clear focus on 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.”
Pending approval for the
alliance from the Competition
Commission of Singapore and
the New Zealand Minister
of Transport, flights could
commence as early as
December 2014.
five flights currently operated
by Singapore Airlines and
adding two more weekly
flights, increasing the frequency
to daily.
The carriers aim to boost
their existing capacity between
Singapore and New Zealand by
up to 30 per cent over time.
Singapore Airlines’ daily
service would continue as part
of the alliance.
The proposed alliance
would enable Air New Zealand
passengers to access codeshare
travel on the Singapore Airlines
network to the UK, Europe,
South-east Asia and Africa,
as well as on the network of
its regional subsidiary airline,
SilkAir. Singapore Airlines’