Air New Zealand is gearing up for the busiest July in two years with the relaunch of 14 international routes in 16 days. With these routes back in action, the airline will be working 60 percent of its international capacity – the most international flying in the last two years.
Air New Zealand
From 9 July, the airline will have three-quarters of its international and domestic routes back up and running with popular destinations like Honolulu, Houston, and Tahiti restarting after around 820 days of not working.
The Boeing 777-300 aircraft will also be back-flying passengers, helping towards the addition of approximately 40,000 seats per week in July on the international network.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran tells it takes a village to get the airline back up and operating and is incredibly proud of the sheer amount of work the team at Air New Zealand has put in to get to this moment.
“To bring one Boeing 777-300 out of storage in Auckland takes around six to eight weeks to get it ready for the skies. We’ve hired or rehired more than 2,000 Air New Zealanders across the business including 150 pilots, more than 500 cabin crew, and 270 airport workers, with another 1100 vacancies to be filled. It’s no easy feat but we’re getting back to where we were so we can give our passengers that Air New Zealand service they know and love.
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“We’re seeing firsthand how keen people are to travel again, particularly across the Tasman. Arrive July, we will double our services across the Tasman and resume popular direct services like the Sunshine Coast, Hobart, and Adelaide. By 9 July we will be back at all nine Australian ports which is an important milestone for us.
“Getting aircraft out of storage, people back in, opening ports, and operating with new travel requirements, there’s a lot to consider, and the Air New Zealand team are doing their very best to make it happen as quickly as possible.”
Air New Zealand’s restart schedule is as follows:
|Auckland||Commencing from||Frequency Jul-Oct|
|Honolulu||4 July||3 per week|
|Tahiti||6 July||2 per week|
|New Caledonia||6 July||2 per week|
|Houston||7 July||3 per week|
|Adelaide||6 July||3-4 per week|
|Cairns||5 July||3 per week|
|Hobart||7 July||2 per week|
|Sunshine Coast||9 July||2 per week|
|Gold Coast||3 July||4-2 per week|
|Nadi||5 July||3-2 per week|
|Nadi||5 Jul||3-2 per week|
|Brisbane||24 June||4-3 per week|
|Melbourne||24 June||7-6 per week|
|Sydney||25 June||9-5 per week|
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