Green Light For Virgin Blue, Air NZ Alliance

By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com

The New Zealand government has approved an alliance between Air New Zealand and Australia’s Virgin Blue, removing the last regulatory hurdle to the carriers’ linkup.

The decision, issued by Transport Minister Steven Joyce, follows a similar approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Dec. 16. The carriers are now free to code share on routes between the two nations, ...

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