SIA and Air New Zealand will extend their joint venture alliance following the renewal of the regulatory approval. The New Zealand Ministry of Transport’s decision allows the two flag carriers to extend their alliance another five years until March 2024.
…. The decision to re-authorise the alliance reinforces the benefits it has delivered to the New Zealand market in its first four years. We look forward to continue working closely with our alliance partner Air New Zealand, to provide even more travel options for our customers. Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Tan Kai Ping
Since the launch of the alliance in January 2015, there have been various customer focused benefits:
- Increased flight frequency on routes between Singapore and New Zealand
- greater choice and convenience for travellers including
- a new Singapore-Wellington service via Australia in 2016
- increased peak season services to Christchurch
- Increased seat capacity by more than 25 per cent between Singapore and New Zealand
Future plans include:
- a third daily service between Singapore and Auckland on 28th October 2018 which
- boosts in capacity by 40 per cent on the route
- shortens connection times and improve connectivity to destinations in Europe, India and Southeast Asia through the Singapore hub.
During Peak months:
- Increased flights (a total of 35 return services a week)
- Services to Wellington and Christchurch.
….. The approval reaffirms the airline’s alliance strategy. Partnerships such as this have been key to successfully growing Air New Zealand’s international network and delivering important benefits to our customers. Singapore Airlines has been a strong alliance partner and we are excited at the opportunities the re-authorisation provides our two airlines. Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer, Nick Judd