SIA and Air New Zealand team up to expand services
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand yesterday announced an alliance to expand services to both countries and boost their global reach, as they look to capitalise on growing tourism traffic.
The alliance will enable SIA to operate its Airbus A380 superjumbos to New Zealand for the first time, progressively replacing daily services using the smaller Boeing 777-300ER, the firms said in a joint statement.
Air New Zealand will launch daily services between Auckland and Singapore using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, the statement said, replacing five flights currently operated by SIA.
Air New Zealand last operated flights to Singapore in 2006.
"Singapore's luxury-travel market appears to offer a huge opportunity for New Zealand, with local demand for high-end travel matching the Asian-wide upswing," Tourism New Zealand said on its website.
The two carriers are aiming to boost their capacity between Singapore and New Zealand by up to 30 per cent.
SIA's daily Singapore-Christchurch service will continue as part of the alliance. The deal will also expand Air New Zealand's connectivity to the rest of the world through SIA's extensive network.
Air New Zealand passengers will be able to access codeshare travel on the SIA network to Europe, South-east Asia and Africa, as well as on the network of SIA's regional subsidiary, SilkAir.
SIA customers will, in turn, enjoy codeshare travel across the Air New Zealand domestic network and to the Pacific islands.
The two carriers are seeking approval for the deal from the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport.
Pending approval, flights under the new alliance could start as early as December this year.