Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand extend alliance agreement
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines today announced the extension of their alliance to include travel between Wellington and Singapore.
From 21 September Air New Zealand will be able to codeshare on Singapore Airlines’ new Wellington-Singapore service and Singapore Airlines on Air New Zealand’s domestic network beyond Wellington.
The two carriers first launched an alliance in early 2015, which included the Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Christchurch service and enabled Air New Zealand to resume operating the Auckland-Singapore route, delivering greater access to Singapore from New Zealand.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer Stephen Jones says the airline is pleased with the inclusion of the Wellington-Singapore service into the alliance and committed to working with Singapore Airlines to ensure its success.
“The launch of our alliance with Singapore Airlines delivered capacity growth of 15 percent in its first year helping to not only grow visitor arrivals benefiting our tourism industry but also provide convenient travel options to Singapore and markets beyond. We welcome the addition of the Wellington service to our alliance and look forward to celebrating the inaugural flight in a few weeks’ time,” says Mr Jones.
Singapore Airlines General Manager, New Zealand, Mr Simon Turcotte says the extension of the alliance agreement to include the new service will deliver a greater choice to customers looking to travel to and from New Zealand.
“The addition of the new Wellington-Singapore route (via Canberra) is another example of our commitment to provide increased frequency and capacity between Singapore and New Zealand,” Mr Turcotte said.
”We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Air New Zealand since we launched our alliance agreement in 2015 and we greatly appreciate their support for the new service that will connect Wellington to the world.”
Launching on 21 September, the new Wellington-Singapore service will operate four times a week departing Wellington at 20:15 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays, arriving in Singapore at 05:50 the next day following a short 85 minute stop-over in Canberra.
Fares for the new service under the alliance agreement will be available on a progressive basis from 1 September in New Zealand, Singapore and Europe.
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320
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