Air New Zealand – Continental Airlines Code Share an added Tourism Boost
Air New Zealand and Continental Airlines have today commenced a reciprocal code share agreement, making travel to New
Zealand easier and more convenient for Americans from some of the most populous states in the USA.
Air New Zealand will code share on more than 540 flights per week to and from Continental Airline’s main hubs serving
Houston, New York and Cleveland connecting to Air New Zealand services to and from Los Angeles and San Francisco to
Continental Airlines will code share on these Air New Zealand trans-Pacific services, including the services via
Rarotonga, Apia and Tonga, as well as all Auckland trans-Tasman and domestic New Zealand services and also between
Auckland and Hong Kong.
“This presents exciting inbound tourism opportunities for New Zealand, especially when you consider Continental is the
world’s fifth largest airline,” says Air New Zealand Group General Manager Ed Sims.
“Air New Zealand will be code sharing on services including to and from Continental’s main base in Houston – the second
largest state in the USA with a population of more than 25 million people.
“There were 198,000 visitors from the USA to New Zealand in the 12 months to February 2010, with just 10,000 from Texas
and 11,000 from New York State, so this new arrangement provides plenty of growth potential.
“The new code share also provides excellent options for Kiwis wanting to travel to the East Coast of the USA, with very
convenient connection times to a range of Continental Airlines flights.”
The code share will compliment existing arrangements with fellow Star Alliance partners United Airlines and US Airways
and brings access to parts of the USA not previously available with current partners.