Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia made this announcement:
The airlines commenced the strategic alliance at the end of 2010 to cooperate on services between New Zealand and Australia. Current regulatory approval for the alliance expires at the end of October this year and the parties will not apply for renewal.
Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says market dynamics on the Tasman have changed and the time is now right for each airline to focus on its own objectives.
Current trans-Tasman alliance arrangements will remain in place until October 27, 2018 and customers travelling before this date will be unaffected. Customers booked with Air New Zealand to travel on a Virgin Australia service (or vice versa) after October 28 will be contacted by their booking airline.
Top Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKE (msn 32712) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937555.
Air New Zealand aircraft slide show:
Virgin Australia aircraft slide show:
Bottom Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIA (msn 37824) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913307.