10 JANUARY 2011
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A surprise decision by New Zealand’s Transport Minister, Steven Joyce, to approve the trans Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue has been welcomed by Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe. Just three months ago all the indications were that the deal would be blocked. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has also approved the arrangement.
“Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue will now form a team to ensure we move ahead quickly with bringing the alliance to life over the coming months. We look forward to being able to connect our customers between all Australian cities served by Virgin Blue and all towns and cities where we operate in New Zealand.” www.virginblue.com.au www.airnewzealand.co.nz
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