SIA and Air New Zealand alliance approved

Singapore Airlines welcomes approval for partnership

A further step was taken today to bring Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand closer together, as SIA said it welcomed the approval of the minister of transport of New Zealand for a proposed alliance between the two carriers.

The clearance represents the regulatory approval from New Zealand needed for the airlines to proceed with the alliance, which was announced on January 16.

The alliance will lead to increased frequencies between Singapore and New Zealand and provide consumer benefits such as improved connections through codeshare ties. The Competition Commission of Singapore has already given its approval.

As part of the deal, Air New Zealand will fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines will operate the world’s largest aircraft, the A380, to New Zealand for the first time. The Star Alliance partners said they would announce operational dates for services resulting from the development soon.

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[pictured: A380 to head to New Zealand; image courtesy Airbus]

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