Tianjin Airlines Launches the First Flight From Auckland to Two Major Cities of China, Chongqing and Tianjin
Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines today launched a new non-stop service between Auckland and two major Chinese cities, Chongqing and Tianjin. The Auckland–Chongqing–Tianjin service operates three times a week using a 260-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. This is the first flight from Auckland to Chongqing and Tianjin.
“We’re delighted to welcome Tianjin Airlines to Auckland Airport and New Zealand. This new service will add 83,000 seats to the China–Auckland route every year and deliver an estimated $102 million boost to the New Zealand tourism industry,” said Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s Acting General Manager — Aeronautical-Commercial.
“This route strengthens Tianjin Airlines’ foreign hub, which is playing a significant strategic role in our ongoing growth plans. This year alone we have launched more than 10 new international destinations, including London, Moscow, Osaka and Phuket. Tianjin Airlines’ Auckland–Chongqing–Tianjin route will open a new pathway for New Zealand tourism, giving more New Zealanders the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions China has to offer,” said Tianjin Airlines’ Market Director Li Wenbin.
“This is an air bridge connecting the people of China and New Zealand. The friendship between the two countries will become closer through this route,” said Luo Binhui, Consulate-General of The People’s Republic of China in Auckland.
The flight will operate with two classes of service with 18 business class seats and 142 seats in economy class. All seats have a personal in-flight entertainment system which is available throughout the flight.
Flights are timed for convenient connections through Tianjin Airlines’ extensive international network and with high-speed rail in China, making it easy for customers to transfer from Chongqing and Tianjin to many renowned Chinese cities including Chengdu, Beijing and Shanghai.
The outbound flight is scheduled to depart from Auckland Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 21:30, arriving at Chongqing at 5:45 the following morning (12.5 hours’ flight time). After a three-hour layover, it will depart at 8:40 and arrive at Tianjin at 11:05. The return flight departs from Tianjin at 20:10 and arrives at Chongqing at 23:00. After a three- hour layover, it will depart at 1:00 and arrive at Auckland at 18:30. (13.5 hours’ flight time).
Introductory fares on the route will be very competitive and attractive to passengers, at only CNY 3000 (about NZD 600) for a return ticket (excluding tax). Travellers can buy tickets through local agencies in New Zealand.