Air New Zealand has increased code sharing arrangements with fellow Star Alliance partner Lufthansa German Airlines, adding the NZ code to a second daily Frankfurt - Los Angeles return service operated by Lufthansa.
The new service, starting Sunday 5 May, significantly boosts Air New Zealand`s ability to deliver European tourists to Australia and New Zealand, connecting with daily southbound flights from Los Angeles to Auckland, and three weekly non-stop services from Los Angeles to Sydney.
Air New Zealand proposes to extend its relationship with Lufthansa to the home front by having the German airline code sharing on its domestic services operating between Auckland-Christchurch-Auckland.
Air New Zealand Senior Vice President Strategy & Planning, Andrew Miller, said the new code share services were welcome and would strengthen the airline`s contribution to inbound tourism in the region.
“International tourism is a major industry for New Zealand, and Air New Zealand remains a major contributor,” said Mr Miller.
“The second daily service from Frankfurt to Los Angeles provides another opportunity for European visitors to fly to New Zealand, or enter Australia, via the USA, using the combination of Lufthansa and Air New Zealand services.
“The introduction of a second Frankfurt - Los Angeles code share flight also reflects our confidence that the international air travel market is recovering, and that New Zealand tourism can benefit from this.”
The new Frankfurt - Los Angeles code share coincides with the launch by Air New Zealand of a second weekly Los Angeles - Auckland - Cairns flight connection, and the introduction of additional Air New Zealand services from Auckland to Brisbane and Perth.
Air New Zealand is a member of Star Alliance, a partnership of 12 member airlines offering services to more than 890 destinations in 129 countries.