Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch non-stop service between Auckland and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for alliance partner United Airlines, in mid-December.

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Air China has announced two moves which would considerably increase its presence on routes between China and the two largest nations of Australasia, Australia and New Zealand.

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The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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The airline announced it would introduce the Airbus A380 on the route following approval on August 7 from New Zealand’s Minister of Transport for SIA’s proposed antitrust-immunized alliance with Air New Zealand on routes between the two island nations.

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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance which will enable Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time.

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The flight marks the 787-9’s international debut and its longest flight since the Boeing 787-9 flight-test program began.

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Boeing Business Jets set a new world record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” on September 16, when a BBJ flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland in New Zealand for installation of its VIP interior.

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Hawaiian Airlines is launching three-times-weekly, non-stop service between Honolulu and Auckland in New Zealand on March 13, 2013. According to Hawaiian, it will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Auckland, which is New Zealand’s largest city.

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