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Virgin, Air New Zealand in air travel pact

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand have signed a code sharing agreement offering more flexibility and choice on routings between the United Kingdom and New Zealand for both carriers\’ passengers.

This code share agreement follows a long history of interline cooperation, including a reciprocal Frequent Flyer Partnership between the two airlines, with passengers already travelling on routes between the UK and New Zealand on each other\’s services. 

Both airlines offer highly complementary products and services and a seamless transfer experience for customers making connections across their networks.  Air New Zealand\’s Business Premier cabin has a version of Virgin Atlantic\’s Upper Class Suite so passengers can enjoy the same award winning comfort when flying on both carriers.

"We are thrilled to announce this new code share with Air New Zealand.  With award winning business class and Premium Economy products along with the excellent service onboard, both airlines complement each other perfectly and we are sure that passengers will enjoy the advantages of this new partnership," Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said.

Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand added: "This new code share agreement provides yet further connectivity options for our customers as well as providing important connectivity for Virgin Atlantic customers to New Zealand and also the Cook Islands."

Passengers will be able to book with Virgin Atlantic to travel on connecting journeys on the following Air New Zealand routes using Virgin\’s VS flight code:

Los Angeles – Rarotonga, San Francisco – Auckland, Sydney – Auckland, Sydney – Christchurch, Sydney – Wellington, Auckland – Christchurch, Auckland – Wellington, Auckland – Queenstown, Auckland – Rarotonga.

Air New Zealand\’s passengers will be able to book on Virgin Atlantic\’s services between London Heathrow and San Francisco and between Hong Kong and Sydney for connecting journeys using Air New Zealand\’s NZ flight code.

The two carriers expect the code share to come into force on February 28, 2011 after obtaining the relevant government approvals.

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