THE New Zealand government has re-authorised Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand's joint venture partnership for a further five years through to October 2024.
Air New Zealand's alliances officer Nick Judd believes that the Cathay Pacific partnership plays a significant role in the airline's Pacific Rim network strategy, London's Air Cargo News reported.
"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," Mr Judd was quoted as saying.
Cathay Pacific's commercial director Lavinia 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."
During peak months, the alliance partners jointly operate a total of 25 return services per week, including four services between Christchurch and Hong Kong.