Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific extend partnership up to 2024

By Rachelle Harry

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific have had their joint venture partnership re-authorised for another five years (up to 31 October 2024) by New Zealand officials.

Lavinia Lau, director of commercial, at Cathay Pacific, said New Zealand is an important part of its network and a popular destination for customers.

Meanwhile, Nick Judd, chief strategy, etworks and alliances officer at Air New Zealand, believes that the Cathay Pacific partnership plays a significant role in the airline’s Pacific Rim network strategy.

“Since forming an alliance in 2013, we’ve together increased frequency and capacity between New Zealand and Hong Kong, providing travellers with up to four services a day,” said Judd.

“Hong Kong is an important gateway for travel within North Asia, including into Southern China and beyond. We have a strong partnership with Cathay Pacific and together we can stimulate tourism and trade, as well as providing customers with better connectivity and choice.”

Lau added: “Our joint venture alliance with Air New Zealand has allowed us to offer more flights and more seats between Hong Kong and New Zealand, while also enabling us to introduce new routes. With this partnership extended for a further five years, we can continue to offer more choice and convenience to our customers when they fly with us.”

During peak months, the alliance partners jointly operate a total of 25 return services per week, including four services between Christchurch and Hong Kong.

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