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Air NZ boosts Houston services as demand soars

October 12, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Air New Zealand will fly daily services to Houston for most of next winter as demand for travel between New Zealand and Texas continues to soar.

The New Zealand carrier currently operates five weekly services to Houston year-round. From 25 March to 27 October 2018 it will increase to a mix of daily services and six services per week, a capacity increase of 16,000 seats on the route over this period.

The airline will deploy its newly configured B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on Auckland-Houston from December 2017, the first time the Dreamliner will regularly service one of Air New Zealand’s North American routes.

Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer Cam Wallace says the airline has steadily grown its Houston operations since it commenced services there in 2015 and it’s fantastic to see strong demand from both ends of the route.

Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner

“A strategic gateway into America’s south, Houston is unlocking huge demand for travel to New Zealand from across the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, with annual visitor arrivals up 21% from Texas and 25% from New York.”

The newly configured B787 offers more premium seating for customers, with 27 Business Premier seats – up from 18 on the existing Air New Zealand Dreamliner, and 33 Premium Economy seats, up from 21. Air New Zealand also offers its popular Economy Skycouch alongside the Premium Economy and Business Premier options on services to Houston.

Air New Zealand recently launched its global marketing campaign A Better Way to Fly in North America, using a CGI kiwi named Pete in a bid to convince more Americans and Canadians to travel with the airline to New Zealand and Australia.

Pete the Kiwi might be a distant relation of Dave the Goose.

Edited by Peter Needham

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