Air New Zealand, Air China plan new partnership

By David Flynn, March 23 2015
Air New Zealand, Air China plan new partnership

Air New Zealand and Air China are gearing up for an alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

Similar to the partnership between AirNZ and Singapore Airlines, the proposed hook-up would see fellow Star Alliance member Air China introduce a daily direct service between Beijing and Auckland.

The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai–Auckland service, which from late August will switch to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner every day of the week.

“By connecting the Chinese capital with New Zealand again we would provide tourists and business travellers with unparalleled air connectivity between and within each home market" said Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon.

Subject to regulatory approvals, alliance services could commence as early as December 2015.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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