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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Air Asia X is offering introductory NZ$99 (US$73.70) one-way direct flights from Christchurch to Malaysia. When combined with its regular fares on its flights linking Kuala Lumpur with London and Paris, this means Kiwis will be able to fly to Europe for around NZ$1,000 (US$744.50) round-trip, according to the airline.

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Low-cost, long-haul airline Air Asia X is to launch non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch, the biggest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

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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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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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