Singapore approves SIA-Air NZ alliance

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Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have received clearance from the Competition Commission of Singapore to enter into their proposed alliance.

SIA confirmed in a statement to the Singapore stock exchange that it has received the approval from Singapore, but adds that the alliance still requires approval from New Zealand’s transport minister.

As announced by the two carriers in January, the alliance would see them jointly operate services between Singapore and Auckland. That will see Air NZ operate a five-times weekly operation on the route, while SIA will upgauge its services to a daily Airbus A380 operation.

In an interview earlier this year with Flightglobal’s Airline Business magazine, Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon said that the alliance will also allow it add 58 new destinations through SIA’s Singapore hub, including wider access into Europe.

Air NZ also has alliances with Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific and All Nippon Airways.