Air New Zealand's agreement with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific—introduced in late 2012—will be unaffected by the Singapore deal. This is a comparatively limited arrangement that mainly focuses on Cathay's China routes. The China market will be “carved out” from the SIA agreement, says Luxon. The Japanese market, where Air New Zealand partners with ANA, is another that will be excluded.
Similarly, Australia will not be covered by the alliance. While SIA and Air New Zealand are major shareholders in Virgin Australia, and both partner with it, these links were not part of the new strategic partnership discussions, Luxon says.