A joint venture revenue-sharing agreement has been formed between United Airlines and Air New Zealand. The agreement strengthens the partnership netween the two carriers who are both members of Star Alliance.
Closer coordination of sales and marketing will be carried out under the new agreement, with the aim to offer their mutual customers enhanced travel options throughout the airlines’ route networks, and particularly those routes between the U.S and New Zealand.
“This joint venture will allow us to work more closely with Air New Zealand to optimize our trans-Pacific schedules and offer more convenient flight choices to our customers in both the U.S. and New Zealand,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Air New Zealand, an industry innovator and leader, to further grow our business in ways that will benefit our mutual customers.”
The arrangement will begin on 1 July 2016 when United Airlines launches its nonstop service between San Francisco and Auckland, subject to government approval.
“Air New Zealand is delighted to be working even more closely with our long standing partner to further grow the potential of the U.S. market,” said Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer.
“We know that New Zealand is a popular destination for American leisure travelers. By working more closely with such a strong home market carrier as United we look forward to welcoming even more American visitors to enjoy our unique Kiwi tourism experience.”