Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have welcomed the reauthorisation of their joint venture alliance for another five years until March 2029.

Over the course of the 10-year partnership, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have grown the seat capacity between New Zealand and Singapore by nearly 50 per cent.

Following this extension, and subject to regulatory approval, the joint venture partners will operate a total of four daily seasonal services between Auckland and Singapore from 27 October 2024 to 29 March 2025.

With the fourth daily seasonal service between Auckland and Singapore coming up, the carriers will jointly operate 38 return services weekly between New Zealand and Singapore during peak months, including nonstop service from Singapore to Christchurch. This translates to more than 893,000 seats available every year.

Air New Zealand chief transformation and alliances officer, Mike Williams, says the partnership plays a key role in connecting New Zealand to the world.

“Since the alliance was launched at the beginning of 2015, the two flag carriers have together carried over 4.6 million passengers between New Zealand, Singapore and beyond,” Williams said.

“The partnership gives New Zealanders access to the world on Singapore Airlines’ vast network beyond the Singapore gateway into destinations in Europe, India and Southeast Asia.”

In other Air New Zealand news, the Auckland-based flag carrier earlier this month said in an update that the delayed delivery of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners means that its new ‘Skynest’ product will not be onboard until the new aircraft arrive in 2025.

The airline’s retrofit programme for its existing Boeing 787 fleet, however, remains on schedule and the new cabins will debut later this year, including new Business Premier Luxe suites with fully closing doors and dining space for two.