Air New Zealand has begun scheduled Dreamliner services between Auckland and Honolulu using a B787-9, the longer version of Boeing’s Dreamliner.
Next, the airline will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland-Buenos Aires route from 30 October 2016.
On the Auckland-Honolulu run, Air NZ’s Dreamliner flight departs Auckland International Airport at 8.55pm and arrives in Honolulu at 7.30am the same day. This is the first time the airline has operated the Dreamliner on one of its five North American routes on a scheduled and exclusive basis.
Earlier this year, Air New Zealand increased its service between Auckland and Honolulu to four times weekly. With the frequency increase and now the larger aircraft, the airline is delivering an almost 20% seat capacity increase.
On the Buenos Aires route, Air NZ launched services between Auckland and the Argentine capital in December 2015, and has “seen the demand go from strength to strength”, the airline says.
It will step up frequency over the peak summer period offering an additional weekly service between Auckland and Buenos Aires from 12 December 2016 to 27 February 2017, bringing the total to four weekly return flights.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon made the announcement today at New Zealand’s premier travel trade event, TRENZ, saying the new route has performed very well in its first six months of operation.
The airline’s chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace says forward bookings originating from both New Zealand and Australia, and Argentina, are looking very positive and the additional peak season service will give customers more flexibility.
“The 12 hour average flight time for the Auckland–Buenos Aires service is well suited to the Dreamliner and customers will enjoy the benefits of the higher humidity and lower cabin altitude to help them arrive feeling more refreshed.”
Edited by Peter Needham