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Air NZ Boosts Services To Shanghai And Hong Kong

6 March 2007
Media Release

Air New Zealand Boosts Services To Shanghai And Hong Kong

Air New Zealand will increase services to Shanghai and Hong Kong following strong demand for the airline’s new services.

From 31 October 2007, Air New Zealand will operate two additional services per week between Auckland and Shanghai, increasing its weekly operations from three to five services per week.

The airline will also introduce double daily services between Auckland and Hong Kong on Fridays and Sundays from 30 November 2007 to 2 March 2008.

“As we had anticipated, demand for these services is now comfortably strong enough to justify these new services,” said Air New Zealand Group General Manager, International Airline Ed Sims.

“Our new daily service to London via Hong Kong has stimulated new business on the Auckland to Hong Kong leg, to the point that we’re now able to add two more services over the peak season,” he said.

“It’s always been our intention to grow the North Asia market and these new services reflect the focus we continue to place on developing inbound and outbound tourism opportunities.

“Our ability to offer the quickest and most direct route to North Asia from New Zealand and Australia has also brought strong growth from our cargo business which we will continue to nurture over the coming years,” said Mr Sims.

The airline is also introducing several changes later this month.

From 31 March 2007, Air New Zealand will commence a weekly Saturday service between Wellington and Nadi, and Christchurch and Nadi. This will increase to two services per week over the winter season between 3 July and 29 September.

Operated by A320 aircraft, the new services reflect the increasing demand for direct flights to the Pacific Islands.

“Fiji continues to be a popular leisure destination for Kiwis looking for a quick break that’s affordable. These direct services make Fiji even more accessible for Wellingtonians and Cantabrians wanting to escape to warmer climates over the winter season,” Mr Sims said.

A summary of Air New Zealand’s additional services follow:

Auckland / Hong Kong

Flight From To Days Depart / Arrive

NZ85 Auckland Hong Kong Fri /Sun 1120 / 1800

NZ86 Hong Kong Auckland Fri /Sun 2200 / 1400+1

Auckland / Shanghai

Flight From To Days Depart / Arrive

NZ89 Auckland Shanghai Wed / Fri 2359 / 0745+1

NZ88 Shanghai Auckland Thurs / Sat 1415 / 0700+1

Wellington / Nadi

Flight From To Days Depart / Arrive

NZ858 Wellington Nadi Sat 1600 / 1940

NZ859 Nadi Wellington Sat 1020 / 1510

Christchurch / Nadi

Flight From To Days Depart / Arrive

NZ850 Christchurch Nadi Sat 0620 / 1020

NZ851 Nadi Christchurch Sat 1930 / 0030

Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs, contact: +649 336 2761

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