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Air New Zealand reviewing options for Latin America

by amit.uniyal 7. February 2014 06:30

Air New Zealand is eager to expand its flights services to Latin America with the help of its new partner Singapore Airlines. Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand, said that Latin America continues to be the last white spot on its network, which it also wants to fill. The airline had succeeded in plugging all the other holes it considered necessary. For this, the airline wants that its new partner Singapore Airlines should come to its help.

Luxon said that this could take some time and Air New Zealand will keep on exploring options with Singapore Airlines and others as well. He said that a customer from southern China planning to travel to Latin America will have to pass via Auckland, and this perfectly makes sense.

Aerolineas Argentinas is planning to withdraw its services from the Soth Pacific market. Air New Zealand sees a good opportunity in this forthcoming withdrawal. The airline wants to compete with its oneworld partners LAN Airlines and Qantas Airways, the only remaining carriers providing services to destinations in South America, Australasia and South Pacific. Air New Zealand has indicated that in the present circumstances its new partnership with Singapore Airlines could be expanded to Latin America as well.

Air New Zealand has so far not been able to find an appropriate partner for operating flights services to Latin America. Recent media reports said that South America-Australasia routes are somewhat challenging from financial aspects. Air New Zealand had been struggling hard for quite some time now to exploit its position between South America and Asia and trying best to connect this fast-growing market.

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