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Air New Zealand deploys more Dreamliners to Samoa

August 31, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Air New Zealand is to further grow its operations to Samoa with a move to fly up to six Dreamliner services a week to Apia during peak season. The carrier will use the B787-9, the bigger version, of which it was the launch customer.

Air New Zealand will operate between four and six weekly services using its B787-9 Dreamliner between April and October 2018.

Between November 2017 and March 2018 Dreamliner aircraft will operate three services a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Other services will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

Air New Zealand’s Senior Manager Pacific Islands Brent Roxburgh says the move to operate more widebody services comes in response to growing customer demand for travel to and from Apia.

“The move to more Dreamliner flights between Auckland and Samoa represents around 20 percent more seats into Samoa year-on-year.

“Samoa is growing in popularity as an island holiday destination, so today’s news of additional widebody flights is great news for its local tourism economy.”

The number of visitors to Samoa from New Zealand increased by 6.4% to nearly 60,000 in the year to July 2017.

Edited by Peter Needham

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