Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific extend alliance
The alliance has delivered a range of benefits to travellers since it was first put in place in January 2013, including greater choice with more frequencies, enhanced connectivity to each carrier’s networks and reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. The extension of the alliance agreement is subject to continuing regulatory approvals.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer Stephen Jones welcomes the extension of the alliance.
"Through our agreement with Cathay Pacific we have been able to stimulate travel between New Zealand and Hong Kong and importantly grow inbound tourism from this market with visitor numbers up by almost 130 percent since the alliance was first signed. By extending our alliance we hope to further grow these services and continue to deliver a range of benefits to the travelling public," says Mr Jones.
Cathay Pacific Director of Corporate Development and IT Paul Loo says: "We are pleased to extend our alliance with Air New Zealand, which has allowed our two airlines to maximise synergies and better meet our customers’ needs. This includes providing them with increased travel options in addition to greater convenience."
Cathay Pacific currently operates seasonal double daily services between Auckland and Hong Kong while Air New Zealand operates a daily service on the route. From December 2017, a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch will also be introduced under the alliance, operated by Cathay Pacific.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the non-stop service will operate three times per week from 1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using Airbus A350 aircraft, providing a welcome boost for tourism to Canterbury and the South Island.
Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific's schedule on services between New Zealand and Hong Kong is as follows (all times local):
|Flight no||From||To||Departure/arrival||Days of operation|
|CX118||AKL||HKG||0900/1510||Daily (January - February, December)|
|CX117||HKG||AKL||1545/0735+1||Daily (January - February, December)|
|Mon, Thu, Sat (2 December 2017 - 1 March 2018)|
|Wed, Sun, Fri (1 December 2017 - 28 February 2018)|
Daily (January - February, December)
Daily (January - February, December)
Mon, Thu, Sat (2 December 2017 - 1 March 2018)
Wed, Sun, Fri (1 December 2017 - 28 February 2018)
Please note: Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice.
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs.
For more information, please contact:
Air New Zealand Public Affairs
P: +64 21 747 320
Cathay Pacific Public Affairs
Corporate Communication Manager International
P: +85 2 2747 8289
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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