Air New Zealand has signed a code share agreement with Etihad Airways providing Air New Zealand customers with flight options to and through the Middle East for the first time.
Air New Zealand will code share on Etihad's services between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Abu Dhabi as well as between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow.
Etihad Airways will code share on Air New Zealand trans-Tasman and domestic services.
The code share will also integrate Air New Zealand Airpoints™ and Etihad's “Etihad Guest” loyalty programmes, enabling customers to earn and spend on each other's flights.
"This arrangement with Etihad Airways further extends connectivity options for our customers through to Europe as well as providing opportunities to further grow passenger numbers for our trans-Tasman and domestic services," said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways' Chief Executive Officer said; "This opens up five key destinations in New Zealand that we have been eager to offer to our customers for a long time and we are certain the connections and seamless flight experience offered by Etihad and Air New Zealand will appeal to business and leisure travellers."
Code share details:
Air New Zealand code share on Etihad as follows:
- 11 return flights per week between Sydney and Abu Dhabi
- 3 return flights per week between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi
- 7 return flights per week between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi
- 3 return flights per day between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow
Etihad code share on Air New Zealand as follows:
- Domestic services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown
- Trans-Tasman services between Sydney and Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua and Queenstown
- Trans-Tasman services between Brisbane and Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington
- Trans-Tasman services from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Melbourne
The code share flights are expected to be on sale from the end of February for travel from the end of March following relevant government approvals.
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