Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand raise a glass to ten years of partnership

15 November 2023
  • The airlines currently operate 11 flights to Hong Kong per week, increasing to 16 in December
  • Across the decade, they have carried more than three million customers between New Zealand and Hong Kong
  • Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand look forward to working together for years to come

Cheers to ten incredible years! Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand are thrilled to celebrate a decade of partnership, connecting two vibrant destinations and providing unforgettable travel experiences between New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Since the establishment of the alliance in 2013, seamless connectivity has been at the heart of the collaboration, making it easier for travellers to explore the best of New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The airlines currently operate 11 flights to Hong Kong per week, which will be increasing to 16 services between December and February. Throughout its ten years in partnership, the airlines have carried more than three million customers between New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The decade-long alliance between the carriers gives customers more choice with frequent services, competitive fares, reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, and enhanced connectivity from both carrier networks.

The partnership also ensures that customers have access to the award-winning services of both airlines. From chef-designed menus to extensive entertainment options, and impeccable service, passengers can expect nothing less than excellence throughout their journey.

Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager Frosti Lau says the 10-year alliance is a testament to the power of collaboration.

"This demonstrates how two industry-leading airlines can join forces to create an exceptional travel experience. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and we look forward to further enhancing our partnership in the years to come."

Air New Zealand Chief Transformation and Alliances Officer Mike Williams says the decade of partnership showcases the strong relations between the two airlines.

"This milestone demonstrates the enduring relationship between Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. We have been privileged to work together to bring our passengers an unmatched level of service and connectivity. As we celebrate ten incredible years, we are excited about the future and the new possibilities that lie ahead."

Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand look forward to working together for years to come.


Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong:


  1. Eat dim sum: Three of the best dim sum restaurants are Tim Ho Wan, which has a Michelin star (and affordable prices!); Lin Heung Tea House, an icon that's been doing dim sum since 1926; and Maxim's Palace, where dim sum dishes come with a grand interior.
  2. Call into Kowloon Cultural District: West Kowloon Cultural District in the heart of Hong Kong is a wonderful place to get a slice of Hong Kong culture, from contemporary art exhibitions to live music performances and outdoor festivals.
  3. Visit Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha: Catch the Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau Island and see panoramic views of the island's mountainous scenery. At the peak, a five-minute walk takes you to the base of the cultural marvel, Big Buddha.
  4. Have a highball in a high place: Sipping a gin and tonic at Ozone in Hong Kong is an unforgettable experience. The panoramic view of the city from the 118th floor is awe-inspiring and the gin menu is inspired.
  5. Take a hike on the Dragon's Back: One of the best half-day hikes in Hong Kong is the Dragon's Back trail. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, coastline and the South China Sea.
  6. Have fun at a theme park: Thrill-seekers will be drawn to Ocean Park, where you can scream your way around the rides, or a day to Disneyland Hong Kong, which has classic Disney attractions like It's a Small World and the Mad Hatter Tea Cups.
  7. Catch the Symphony of Lights: Whether it's by chance or eager planning, you'll probably have the fortune of seeing Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights one evening. The vibrant display will widen your eyes, as colourful skyscraper lights dance to the rhythm of the city.
  8. Ride the world's longest outdoor escalator: Central Mid-level Escalator runs for around 800m and rises over 135m in elevation, from Queen's Road Central up to Conduit Road.
  9. Have a day at the races: The Hong Kong Jockey Club is world-renowned for its horse racing events, which take place at two state-of-the-art tracks: Happy Valley and Sha Tin.
  10. Sail to Hong Kong's secret islands: Leaving from Aberdeen and Sai Kung, your voyage can include the uninhabited island of Tung Lung Chau and the secluded beaches of Po Toi Island, where you can swim, snorkel and soak up the sun.



Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has 104 operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 7.3 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. Pre-Covid, the airline flew more than 17 million passengers every year, with 3,400 flights per week. Air New Zealand was recently named the World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety. Last year, Air New Zealand won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand – 8th year in a row.

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework  helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


About Star Alliance

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.