Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines welcome New Zealand regulatory approve for alliance extension

    Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines welcomed (05-Oct-2018) the decision by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport to extend authorisation of their JV alliance until Mar-2024. Renewed New Zealand regulatory approval is the final step in enabling the two flag carriers to extend their alliance. The JV partners reported that since the launch of the alliance in Jan-2015, they have increased flight frequency on routes between New Zealand and Singapore, increasing seat capacity by more than 25%. The partners added a Wellington-Singapore service operating via Australia in 2016, and have also increased peak season services to Christchurch. The carriers will be launching a third daily service between Auckland and Singapore on 28-Oct-2018, boosting capacity by 40% on the route, with more than 165,000 additional seats p/a. During peak months, the airlines will jointly operate a total of 35 return services a week between New Zealand and Singapore.