China Business: Joint venture takes to the air

By Alexander Speirs

Air New Zealand’s General Manager of China, Nick Judd, sat down with the Heraldin Shanghai recently to explain how their new joint venture with Air China between Beijing and Auckland will work.

Judd likens the new joint ventures to other JVs the airline has with its Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines alliances.

“The key different to those two though, is that we’re not flying our own planes on the route,” he explains.

“How that will work is we’ll help sell and distribute their services on the Beijing route and they’ll do the same for the Shanghai service.”

Air NZ notes there is no cargo component to the Air China alliance, so Air China will operate as a direct competitor to Air NZ Cargo on the new Beijing – more

– NZ Herald

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