and (ANA) will launch a new code-share agreement in March, which means the end of Air NZ’s code share with (JAL).
The move aligns Air NZ with a fellowmember in Japan, instead of Oneworld carrier JAL. This appears to be one of the first results of Air NZ’s review of its international operations, which the carrier said would examine all alliance arrangements.
One of the biggest differences between the ANA and JAL arrangements is that the new ANA code share will cover far more connecting destinations beyond Tokyo and Osaka. Air NZ says this will “open up a new corridor … to Europe and other Asian destinations.” ANA serves European cities London, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt. ANA passengers, meanwhile, will have access to Air NZ’s domestic, Australian and Pacific Island network beyond Auckland.
The Air NZ/ANA code share is set to begin on March 25, although it is still subject to regulatory approval. Air NZ will relocate from Terminal 2 at Narita to Terminal 1, to align better with the other Star carriers at the airport.
Air NZ will retain its current Japan schedule, which by March will consist of five weekly flights to Tokyo and three to Osaka. ANA does not fly to New Zealand with its own aircraft.