In turn, Air Canada will code share on Air New Zealand's services between Auckland & Los Angeles (NZ 5 & NZ 6) and Sydney & Los Angeles.

Air New Zealand's Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Norm Thompson said that the code expansion marks a major shift in Air New Zealand's relationship with Air Canada.

"As members of the Star Alliance, Air New Zealand and Air Canada have had a co-operative working relationship for some years with reciprocal code share arrangements.

"This recent arrangement is the outcome of our work together to encourage more Canadians to visit New Zealand and likewise for New Zealanders to visit Canada, " said Mr Thompson.

New Zealand has become an increasingly popular destination for Canadian tourists. Visitor arrivals from Canada for 12 months to July 2002 were 37,500 - an increase of 7% on the preceding year.

Air New Zealand currently code shares on Air Canada services between Honolulu & Vancouver, Honolulu & Toronto, Los Angeles & Vancouver, and Los Angeles & Toronto; while Air Canada code shares on Air New Zealand flights between Los Angeles & Auckland (NZ1 & NZ2) and Honolulu & Auckland.

NOTE: The content of all Air New Zealand media releases are accurate at the time of issue, as stated at the top of each release. For updates on any changes, please contact Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 19,500 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries.

For more information about Air New Zealand visit www.airnewzealand.com and for more information about Star Alliance visit www.staralliance.com.