Air New Zealand and Air China launch new alliance route
The alliance between the two national carriers will see air capacity between Auckland and Mainland China increase by more than 25 percent year round.
Under the alliance Air New Zealand will continue to operate daily between Auckland and Shanghai and Air China will operate the new service between Auckland and Beijing. The two carriers will codeshare on each other’s services between New Zealand and China.
The Beijing-Auckland service will begin operating on 10 December this year and fares will go on sale immediately.
The alliance will offer better access to Air China’s comprehensive domestic network for Air New Zealand customers, while Air China customers will have enhanced access to Air New Zealand’s network including domestic New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and South America.
Both Air New Zealand and Air China are members of Star Alliance, meaning customers will continue to enjoy reciprocal frequent flyer benefits including loyalty earning and redemption and lounge access.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the agreement between the two airlines will help to deepen tourism and business connections between China and New Zealand.
“China is New Zealand’s second largest inbound visitor market and by collaborating with a strong, well respected home market carrier like Air China we can work together to grow this market, and benefit customers through a new direct link between New Zealand and Beijing,” says Mr Luxon.
Air China Chief Executive Officer Song Zhiyong says the relationship between China and New Zealand is going from strength to strength, with increased economic, cultural and political exchanges in recent years.
“We are committed to working with our Star Alliance partner to meet the growing demand from travellers in both markets and provide greater benefits to them,” says Mr Song.
Under the alliance Air New Zealand will continue to operate its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the Auckland – Shanghai route, offering customers Business Premier, Premium Economy, Economy Skycouch and Economy seating. Initially Air China will operate A330-200 aircraft between Auckland and Beijing which feature Business and Economy cabins.
The two flag carriers signed a Statement of Intent to form an alliance in November 2014. The New Zealand Minister of Transport has authorised the alliance until 31 March 2021.
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About Air China
Air China is China’s is the national flag carrier of China and a member carrier of the world’s largest airline network - Star Alliance. As of July 2015, Air China had a fleet of 523 passenger aircraft and freighters (including those of the carriers which Air China has a majority stake in). It operates 349 routes, including 87 international routes, 16 regional routes and 246 domestic routes. It serves 168 cities in 35 countries and regions, including 58 international cities, 4 regional cities and 106 domestic cities. For more, visit Air China’s website www.airchina.com.
About Star Alliance:
Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca in Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.
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