Pacific and Oceania

Air New Zealand increases capacity on Vancouver-Auckland route

Tis Meyer /

Building off the recent success of its additional seasonal daily service from Vancouver-Auckland, Air New Zealand is adding a further return service on its Vancouver-Auckland route between October 15 and December 3 2016, increasing its frequency from three to four return services per week.

With the fourth flight departing Vancouver on Saturdays, the airline will add nearly 5,000 seats to the route, representing a 33 percent boost in capacity compared to the previous year.

The latest increase is part of the airline’s overall capacity increase on the route and marks the second capacity lift in the last six months. This will be the first time Air New Zealand has operated four return services during this time period.

Air New Zealand Vice President of the Americas Nick Judd commented, “We are very pleased with the continued growth out of our Vancouver gateway. With the additional return service we are able to offer our Canadian customers greater flexibility and connectivity to New Zealand and Australia.”

Air New Zealand exclusively operates the Boeing 777-200ER on the Vancouver-Auckland route. The aircraft features the airline’s award-winning Economy Skycouch(TM), comfortable ink-colored luxury leather seats with leg rests in Premium Economy, and lie-flat beds in Business Premier.

Offering a convenient overnight service to New Zealand, departing from Vancouver early evening and arriving into Auckland early in the morning, Air New Zealand allows for same day connections to 21 domestic New Zealand and eight Australian gateways.

To satisfy New Zealand summer travellers, during the Northern Winter peak period from December 9, 2016 to January 30, 2017, the airline will again move to daily return services as operated over the same period last year.

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