Air New Zealand-Singapore Airlines alliance to begin in January

Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have confirmed 6 January 2015 as the launch date for their alliance.

Air New Zealand Boeing 777
The alliance will see the Star Alliance carriers operating one return service each per day on the Auckland – Singapore route and Singapore Airlines operating a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.
Customers will enjoy increased capacity and additional frequencies between the two countries as well as codeshare connectivity to a further 50 destinations on the Singapore Airlines network and on Singapore Airlines’ subsidiary SilkAir throughout South East Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and South Africa. Singapore Airlines customers will in turn have access to nearly 40 codeshare destinations in the Air New Zealand network.
Air New Zealand Airpoints members travelling on Singapore Airlines services will continue to enjoy their Airpoints earning and frequent flyer benefits as they do today, while also being able to earn and redeem Airpoints Dollars on SilkAir services from 6 January 2015.
Under the alliance Air New Zealand will operate newly refurbished Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the Auckland – Singapore route featuring Business Premier, Premium Economy, Economy Skycouch and Economy seating.
Singapore Airlines will continue to operate retrofitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on the Christchurch – Singapore route. Airbus A380s will be used on the Auckland-Singapore route during the Northern Winter operating season, reverting to Boeing 777-300ERs during Northern Summer.