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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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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From May 21, the expanded service will allow Delta Air Lines customers to connect seamlessly to Perth, Adelaide and Canberra in Australia, as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Virgin Blue customers flying V Australia will now be able to connect in Los Angeles to Delta flights to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Detroit.

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American Airlines has agreed to codeshare on New Zealand domestic flights operated by Jetstar, Qantas’ low-cost airline group.

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Continental Airlines plans to begin nonstop Boeing 787 flights from Houston to Auckland, New Zealand on November 16, 2011, subject to government approval. Continental claims that with the announcement it is the first airline in the world to announce specific, initial route plans for its Boeing 787s.

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Dubai-based Emirates, and Virgin Blue Group’s new international airline V Australia are beginning a codeshare partnership on the trans-Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand on October 25.

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