Air New Zealand will use a 787-9 Dreamliner to add domestic capacity during the July school holidays.
The 302-seat Dreamliner would operate between Auckland and Christchurch during the break from 1 July – 19 July. It would run 16 return passenger services between the cities, adding almost 10,000 additional seats to the route.
“We’ll also add capacity of all of our other main trunk routes – from Auckland to Wellington, Dunedin and Queenstown, as well from Wellington to Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown through either extra flights or by upgauging to larger aircraft,” Air New Zealand’s general manager of networks, Scott Carr, said.
“When it comes to our Auckland-Queenstown route, we’ll be offering even more capacity over the school holidays than we did during the same time last year through upgauging 140 return services from our A320 to our larger A321neo aircraft between 29 June and 26 July. This is great news for tourism and those wanting to hit the slopes.”
The airline said it would also add extra services to its regional routes in the week leading up to the school holidays.
Those routes included to and from Blenheim, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, Invercargill, Kerikeri, Napier, New Plymouth, Nelson, Palmerston North, Rotorua and Tauranga.
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