Why is Air New Zealand aligned with Virgin Australia?

We have a number of code share arrangements with airlines globally. Working with Virgin Australia connects Air New Zealand's 25 domestic New Zealand destinations with Virgin Australia's 47 domestic Australian destinations, creating the largest ever Australasian network for trans-Tasman travellers, which is a good thing for passengers and good for Air New Zealand!

Here's a map showing the destinations which are on our trans-Tasman network.


New Zealand and Australian destinations map.

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How does the inflight experience on flights operated by Virgin Australia compare to that on flights operated by Air New Zealand?

Air New Zealand Virgin Australia
  • Seat
  • Seat
  • 1 carry on bag - 7kg
  • 1 carry on bag - 7kg
  • Tea, coffee & water
  • Tea, coffee & water
  • Buy snacks and drinks onboard*
  • Buy snacks and drinks onboard*
  • Entertainment: TV, music, games via back of seat inflight*
  • Entertainment: digEplayers can be hired onboard (subject to availability) or you're able to use Virgin Australia's In-flight Entertainment App on your own iOS or Android device which can be downloaded prior to travel.*
Seat + Bag
Seat product, plus Seat product, plus
  • 1 checked bag - 23kg
  • 1 checked bag - 23kg
The Works
Seat + Bag product, plus Seat + Bag product, plus
  • Entertainment: including movies*
  • A meal & drink*
  • A meal & drinks*
  • Seat request

*inflight entertainment and meals are not available on Air New Zealand domestic services and selected Virgin Australia services.

Do I have a choice which carrier I fly with?

Yes you do - and if you're booking on either carrier's website, it is very clear if you're going to be travelling on the other carrier.

Where do I go at check-in?

Please go to the check in counter for the carrier that is operating the flight which you are flying. At the moment you are not able to check in for a Virgin Australia flight at an Air New Zealand counter or vice versa.

Anything else I should know?

We've compiled FAQ answers to cover some key points of information for our customers.

Children and Infants
Unaccompanied minors
Child and Infant Fares
Childrens Meals

Lounge Access
Earning Airpoints

Boarding and Inflight
Special Meal Requests
Passenger Assistance
Aircraft Seating
What are the Inflight Entertainment options?
Excess Baggage
Baggage Allowances