United, Air New Zealand Form Joint-Venture Partnership
United Airlines announced plans for a joint revenue-sharing agreement with Air New Zealand.
The two carriers will share revenue on United’s upcoming service between San Francisco and Auckland, which is scheduled to begin on July 1, subject to government approval. The route was announced last fall.
“This joint venture will allow us to work more closely with Air New Zealand to optimize our trans-Pacific schedules and offer more convenient flight choices to our customers in both the U.S. and New Zealand,” said Jim Compton, United’s chief revenue officer.
United will operate the service three times a week through October 28, at which point it will increase to daily service. The carrier will use Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft for the three weekly flights, and 787-9s once daily service begins.
United Airlines and Air New Zealand are both members of Star Alliance. The two currently have a loyalty program agreement under which United MileagePlus and Air New Zealand Airpoints members can earn and redeem miles on the other’s flights.
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