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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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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Air Lease Corporation has received its first new A320 ordered from Airbus and is leasing the aircraft to Air New Zealand, which has designed a special All Blacks livery for the new aircraft as part of its ‘Crazy About Rugby’ campaign.

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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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Best Western International reveals it has more than 40 new hotels in Asia and the Middle East in various stages of development. Additionally, Best Western has major hotel-development efforts underway in Africa, South America, the Commonwealth of Independent States and New Zealand.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing to deny an application for antitrust immunity made by Delta Air Lines and affiliates of the Virgin Blue Group for joint services between the United States and Australia.

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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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