02 August 2017

Summer Flight Expansion

Air New Zealand is gearing up for a bumper summer, adding more flights to its domestic schedule to deliver 180,000 extra seats between November 2017 and March 2018, compared with the same period last year. The extra flights will use the airline's existing domestic fleet to meet traveller demand over the summer. Air New Zealand expects to sell up to a million seats for less than $100 over the same period. Key destinations to receive a boost include the busy Auckland and Queenstown route where there'll be nearly 60,000 extra seats. The airline is planning to add an average of eight additional return services a week to and from the resort town. An average of six additional return Auckland-Christchurch services per week will deliver more than 40,000 extra seats on the route. Moving from two to three daily A320 jet services on the airline's Auckland-Dunedin route on Tuesday and Thursday will see three jet services operate six days a week resulting in capacity on the route growing by 10% or 12,000 seats, and Auckland-Wellington will gain an extra 10,000 seats. There will also be significant seat capacity increases across Air New Zealand's regional network as follows:

Auckland-Nelson 16,500 extra seats
Auckland-Tauranga 13,800 extra seats
Auckland-Napier 12,800 extra seats
Auckland-Palmerston North 7,300 extra seats
Auckland-Kerikeri 4,900 extra seats
Auckland-New Plymouth 2,800 extra seats
Auckland-Taupo 2,100 extra seats

Air New Zealand's Chief Revenue Officer, Cam Wallace, says the additional seat capacity is in response to growing customer demand. "We're responding to growing customer demand with 180,000 more seats across our domestic ports this summer. Not only does this create more flight options for our customers, it means more of our lowest fares will be on offer. In fact we expect to sell up to a million seats for less than $100. "We are committed to operating a comprehensive schedule throughout New Zealand and have invested significantly in delivering a service which will benefit both visitors and locals over the summer months." The additional flights are being progressively released for sale.

Source : https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/press-release-2017-air-nz-gears-up-for-summer-with-more-than-180000-extra-seats


  1. So where is the Auckland to Kapiti Coast extra flights? Air NZ Management have just been here telling us what a great route it is !!

    1. It is a great route, with the schedule provided.
      They tried additional capacity last year, but demand stayed flat and watered down all services so the additional flights were withdrawn.
      That's why they visited to encourage discussion at a local level as to how Kapiti can market itself and choose a direction to take in its identity.

  2. They are still adding capacity to the routes JQ operate. JQ must have hardly dented their yields on these services!

    1. Well, with 230(ish) JQ regional services p/week compared with NZ's 600(ish) on the same routes, that's hardly surprising. At least the consumer is benefiting.

    2. not a single dent. Growth, growth growth, wherever sustainable.
      While JQ's regional ops are dogged by staff attrition and retention, hampering expansion opportunity forcing them to cut schedules while their competitor continues to ramp up capacity to demand.

      11 brand new ATR-72-600 series aircraft will progressively begin replacing the 11 older 500 series from this month.
      The 500's are currently almost all flown on the routes competing with JQ. The new 600s will dramatically enhance Air NZ's position in regard to passenger appeal in the cabin through larger overhead bins and that 'new plane visual, feel, smell', reliability and fuel efficiency.

  3. It is basically confirmed that 3 Q400's are going into the paint shop next week to come over here and join the Jetstar fleet.