ANZ and Virgin Australia Announce Joint Network Plans

 Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, which late last year received approval for a trans-Tasman joint network, has announced that the joint operations will commence from Winter 2011 ( effective 30th October ).

 The two airlines will be connecting each others domestic points with ANZ operating 70% of the trans-Tasman flights and Virgin Australia ( under Pacific Blue ) the remaining 30%.
 The two airlines will adjust flight times on some sectors while there will be transferring of capacity between the two airlines where necessary.

Wellington – Brisbane : Pacific Blue will increase its servces to twice daily from the present four-weekly

Christchurch – Brisbane : Combined twice daily flights

Queenstown – Sydney : Combined five-times weekly service. Previously both airlines operated twice weekly, on same days of the week.

Wellington – Sydney : ANZ will operate twice daily services.

Pacific Blue will be taking over ANZ’s services connecting Dunedin with Sydney and Melbourne.

ANZ will be taking over the Auckland – Cairns route.

Total capacity out of Wellington will increase by 3.5% while Christchurch will see a reduction of about 14% to match the reduced demand following the recent earthquake.

 There are also numerous other capacity adjustmnets.

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