Air alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue

Air-New-Zealand-Virgin-BlueThe plans of a transtasman air alliance of Air New Zealand with the Virgin Blue group got the ultimate approval it had required in this country today.

The approval was officially given by the Transport Minister Stephen Joyce today in the afternoon to the proposal of the two airlines working together on the services and fares offered by them on the transtasman route.

This comes after the approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from last week which is considered to be the trickiest obstacle to the deal.

Last week, Mr Fyfe said to the NBR that if the alliance got the approval then would take about half a year to integrate the airlines to their IT systems and code share flights would start from mid-2011 onwards.

Today he told that with the approval the airlines could now go ahead with all those plans.

He further said that Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue will be forming a team to make sure that they moved ahead swiftly with bringing the alliance to life in the near future months.