Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia set an alliance
The new alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia has been officially announced. The airlines will operate a joint trans-Tasman network from November.
Tickets to the rebuilt flight schedule are going to be on sale from July.
Connecting Australia and New Zealand
The codeshare agreement between Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia covers all Tasman sectors as well as connecting domestic sectors in Australia and New Zealand. According to the new schedule, approximately 70% of the projected route capacity will be operated by Air New Zealand. The rest goes to Virgin Australia's subsidiary Pacific Blue. The changes will take effect with the 2011 winter schedule starting November 2011.
Passengers traveling from regional airports will see significant benefits from the alliance. The Virgin Australia – Air New Zealand code-share agreement enables them to use each other's domestic services in connecting trans-Tasman journeys.
Selected schedule changes
These are the most significant schedule changes that will go into effect in November 2011:
- Brisbane – Wellington: double daily flights operated by Pacific Blue
- Brisbane – Christchurch: combined double daily service
- Queenstown – Sydney: upgrade to five flights a week
- Wellington – Sydney: double daily flights operated by Air New Zealand
- Auckland – Adelaide: 16% capacity increase, daily flights in the peak period
- Christchurch: capacity reduction due to lower demand as a result of the recent earthquakes
Jiří Parimucha, May 18, 2011
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