Air China, Air New Zealand Ink Partnership
Air China announced that it signed a statement of intent with Air New Zealand to begin a partnership. The proposed alliance is still subject to regulatory approval.
Under the partnership, Air China would begin new, non-stop service between Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, which would complement Air New Zealand’s existing Shanghai-Auckland service.
The carriers will be in talks over the proposed alliance, and hope to reach an agreement by early next year.
Air China is the flag carrier of China, and currently serves over 160 destinations in over 30 countries worldwide. Earlier this month, the airline announced plans to begin a joint venture with Air Canada.
Air New Zealand is the flag carrier of New Zealand, and offers service to 25 domestic destinations, as well as 27 international destinations to 27 cities throughout Australia, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, and the United Kingdom. The carrier has operated its service between Auckland and Shanghai since 2006.
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