On 1 September 2015, the Minister of Transport announced his decision to authorise a strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Air China until 31 March 2021.

Under the Alliance, the two airlines will coordinate their operations between and within New Zealand and China. The Alliance provides for varying levels of cooperation between the airlines on:

  • ‘Alliance Sectors’ operating directly between New Zealand and China. This will include Air New Zealand’s current daily Auckland-Shanghai service and the commencement of a new daily service by Air China between Auckland and Beijing. Cooperation on direct services between New Zealand and China will include revenue sharing, codesharing and coordination of capacity and pricing.

  • ‘Alliance Routes’ comprising domestic services within New Zealand and China which connect to an Alliance Sector. Cooperation on these services will include codesharing and coordination of pricing.

View the Minister of Transport’s media release(external link).

Public versions of the Ministry’s advice to the Minister of Transport on the application are now available:


The following submissions were received in response to the application:


Download the application:

View the application to the Minister of Transport [PDF, 298 KB]