Air New Zealand will code share on more than 540 flights per week to and from Continental Airline's main hubs serving Houston, New York and Cleveland connecting to Air New Zealand services to and from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland.

Continental Airlines will code share on these Air New Zealand trans-Pacific services, including the services via Rarotonga, Apia and Tonga, as well as all Auckland trans-Tasman and domestic New Zealand services and also between Auckland and Hong Kong.

"This presents exciting inbound tourism opportunities for New Zealand, especially when you consider Continental is the world's fifth largest airline," says Air New Zealand Group General Manager Ed Sims.

"Air New Zealand will be code sharing on services including to and from Continental's main base in Houston - the second largest state in the USA with a population of more than 25 million people.

"There were 198,000 visitors from the USA to New Zealand in the 12 months to February 2010, with just 10,000 from Texas and 11,000 from New York State, so this new arrangement provides plenty of growth potential.

"The new code share also provides excellent options for Kiwis wanting to travel to the East Coast of the USA, with very convenient connection times to a range of Continental Airlines flights."

The code share will compliment existing arrangements with fellow Star Alliance partners United Airlines and US Airways and brings access to parts of the USA not previously available with current partners.

Sample schedule options:

Auckland - New York New York - Auckland
NZ8 Auckland - San Francisco 1930/1245 New York - Los Angeles 1815/2125
San Francisco - New York 1520/2345 NZ5 Los Angeles - Auckland 2345/0740+2
 
Auckland - Houston Houston - Auckland
NZ6 Auckland - Los Angeles 1715/1015 Houston - Los Angeles 1910/2040
Los Angeles - Houston 1230/1750 NZ5 Los Angeles - Auckland 2345/0740+2


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Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 9 336 2761