Air New Zealand is planning to add capacity on three of its routes in the next year. The Auckland-based airline plans to grow its Vancouver-Auckland service by up to 20% by July 2018.
The first change will come during the January travel peak, when Air New Zealand will add an extra weekly flight to the Canadian city, flying eight times per week instead of the current seven. In March and April, when Air New Zealand previously flew four times per week between Auckland and New Zealand, a fifth flight will be added. And, in May and June, service will be up to four weekly flights from three.
“This year marks ten years since we launched our Canadian service, and increasing the frequency of our non-stop service between Vancouver and Auckland means our customers will have more travel options, which is great for Canadians wanting to discover all that New Zealand and Australia have to offer,” said Nik Judd, Regional General Manager Americas at Air New Zealand.
“We recognize how popular Canada is as a winter destination for Kiwis,” said Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace. “We also see the value in increasing services to New Zealand for Canadian tourists, allowing them to escape the winter and enjoy a chance to experience our beautiful summer and the tranquility of New Zealand through the shoulder season.”
Air New Zealand currently operates Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on Auckland-Vancouver service. The aircraft are configured with 25 business class seats, 40 premium economy seats, and 246 standard economy seats.
Air New Zealand is also increasing service to New Plymouth, New Zealand. The airline hopes to increase the number of flights between October, 2017 and March, 2018.
“Air New Zealand is adding 180,000 more seats across the whole domestic network over the peak summer months, and New Plymouth is one of the key regions to benefit,” said Wallace. “The change represents a total seat capacity increase on the route of 2% when compared with the same period last year.”
“The additional flights over the upcoming summer period will see one additional return service operate on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as continuing with an additional Sunday service added earlier in the year, to bring total year on year growth to 2800 seats,” said Air New Zealand spokeswoman Anna Cross. “The additional service on each of these days will be operated by our Q300 aircraft and will depart Auckland at 2:35pm and then return from New Plymouth at 3:50pm.”
Air New Zealand currently operates seven daily return services between Auckland and New Plymouth.
Third, Air New Zealand plans to add more capacity on its route to Tauranga.
“Many local business people would like to see the additional capacity available all year round, and for greater reliability on the Tauranga-Auckland service,” said Stan Gregec, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive.
Air New Zealand is ready to respond to this request, with plans to grow the route by 15 percent.
“The change represents a total seat capacity increase on the route of 15% when compared with the same period last year,” said Wallace.
However, most of the growth to Tauranga will take place during the summer months. Air New Zealand plans to begin growth on the Tauranga route in November.