Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific to partner on Hong Kong service


Seeking greater access for their customers into mainland China markets, Air New Zealand announced an agreement with Cathay Pacific to launch a strategic agreement in December 2012. The two carriers will coordinate their schedules for service between Auckland and Hong Kong, including code-sharing on flights. Additionally, connections to mainland China on Cathay will be coordinated with the Air New Zealand schedule, allowing better access to those markets for the Kiwis. The partnership will include reciprocity on frequent flyer points earning and elite status benefits, including lounge access and other priority services.

At the same time, Air New Zealand has announced that they will be dropping service between London and Hong Kong as of March 2013. The carrier will redeploy much of that capacity on flights to North America. Long-haul markets have been a sore spot for the carrier’s profitability in recent years and, according to CEO Rob Fyfe, the Hong Kong – London route showed no signs of reversing that trend anytime soon.

Of significant note in the new partnership is that the two carriers belong to separate global alliances. Cathay is a founding member of oneworld and Air New Zealand is a member of Star Alliance. Despite participating in different alliances the two carriers have managed to establish a bilateral agreement which should prove beneficial to their respective customers. Just another example of partnerships growing outside of the alliances. And these new partnerships, for the most part, work in favor of the customers.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

5 Comments

  1. I find the dissonance between the alliances and partnerships to be bizarre. Does it portend the end of alliances, or shifts in alliances? Why didn’t QF partner with CX, in the same alliance? Or QR if they are joining oneworld? And might not Air New Zealand have partnered with SQ or TG or even OZ (that seems appropriate somehow).

    If the partnerships are important to the business, shouldn’t the alliances also get aligned? Otherwise it somewhat messes up passengers as far as alliance benefits like bags and lounges and the like

  2. NZ going with CX is smart. It opens the entire door to China down the road. Neither SQ nor TG gives them that.

  3. Seth – any announcement yet on which North American routes Air New Zealand is going to increase using the LHR-HKG capacity?

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