Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have decided to co-operate on the routes between New Zealand-Singapore and pool the revenue/costs.
Air New Zealand will take over flying of five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines and will add two additional frequencies. Singapore Airlines is planning to fly the A380 for the Auckland route on seasonal basis.
You can read more about these developments on The New Zealand Herald’s website here.
Air New Zealand used to fly to Singapore but scrapped the unprofitable route in 2006.
The airline (NZ) would have co-ordinated sales and marketing agreement with Singapore Airlines and its SilkAir subsidiary to 14 destinations and codeshare only agreement to further 12.
Essentially, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand would have some sort of JV for the route that would enable the airlines to pool the revenues and costs.
Whether this is good or bad for the consumers remains to be seen. It would mean that the airlines would co-ordinate with the availability and fares.
At least Air New Zealand is planning to tunnel part of their European traffic through Star Alliance partner airline snd not to go via the route of hooking up with Middle Eastern airline (Emirates) as Qantas did.