SIA and Air NZ announce tie up

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand on Thursday announced an alliance to expand services to both countries and boost their global reach.

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Air New Zealand will form an alliance with Singapore Airlines, resuming flights to the southeast Asian country and gaining access to the Singaporean carrier’s huge regional market and much of its worldwide network.

Services between New Zealand and Singapore will be boosted by almost a third and Singapore Airlines will work towards putting its superjumbo Airbus A380 on the Auckland-Singapore route.

In what is one of the biggest international moves by Air New Zealand for several years, the airline will fly its own aircraft between Auckland and Singapore after pulling out eight years ago and share revenue with Singapore Airlines from all flights on the route.

Air New Zealand says the deal could boost capacity between New Zealand and Singapore by up to 30 per cent year round over time.