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Air New ZealandAir New Zealand is returning to Singapore eight years after pulling out of the city.

The resumption of Auckland-Singapore service is part of a major deal announced today by Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

The agreement will also enable Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 superjumbo to Auckland for the first time. The deal also calls for codesharing on several sectors.

Both airlines praised the alliance.SIA

“An alliance with Singapore Airlines clearly fits our business objectives of working with the right partners in the right markets to deliver seamless customer journeys,” said Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong called the deal another example of the carrier’s commitment to the Southwest Pacific market.

“This is a genuine win-win partnership, enabling Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to work together to provide more flight frequency and enhanced travel options to our customers.”

The Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport have yet to approve the deal.