Air New Zealand ramps up Perth-Auckland flights

By Chris Chamberlin, May 15 2015
Air New Zealand ramps up Perth-Auckland flights

Air New Zealand will boost its flights between Perth and Auckland by year's end with the launch of three additional return services each week.

From December 11 2015 through May 1 2016, a Boeing 767-300 will complement the airline’s existing Boeing 787-9 flights on the route and will be timed for seamless connections to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Vancouver.

The extra flights also align with the Kiwi carrier’s new Auckland-Buenos Aires services, which too launch in December.

From Perth, NZ174 pushes back at 6am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to reach Auckland at 5:30pm local time.

On the return journey, NZ177 takes to the skies at 7pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays to reach the mining capital at 9:40pm that evening.

“We know travellers prefer to get to their destinations as quickly, comfortably and seamlessly as possible and we’re pleased to be able to time these extra services specifically to suit the West Australian market,” said Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace.

Virgin Australia Velocity members can earn both frequent flyer points and status credits when travelling on Air New Zealand, while members of AirNZ’s own Airpoints program can accrue Airpoints dollars.

Competitor Qantas flies non-stop between Perth and Auckland only during peak periods, but will do so again this year with a single weekly return flight running between October 30 and December 6 2015, growing to twice-weekly from December 11 2015 until March 26 2016.

Read: Qantas to continue seasonal Perth-Auckland flights

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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As the 787-9 is currently operating the route, I wonder if they can fill the 767 since people would rather fly on the 787?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 40

Maybe for a few, but for most people, they dont even realise or care what aircraft they book on.

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1446

Heck! Majority do not even know aircraft type AFTER flight!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2011

Total posts 335

Doesn't look like the flights have been loaded yet. Any idea on the schedule?

We've just received the schedule from NZ HQ so have now included this above.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

05 Nov 2014

Total posts 14

6 am departure?

Ouch!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Dec 2011

Total posts 30

NZ were offering some pretty cheap Y fares ex Perth recently.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 40

Also noticed that the exisiting NZ175 which used to depart AKL around 2:30pm has been retimed to 10:50am AKL departure to better connect from the morning arrivals from North & South America. 

Good for connections, but it now means the aircraft sits for 6 hours in PER

QFF

19 Sep 2013

Total posts 152

Don't know they had to do that as it was full last week. This change makes it diifficult to connect from Christchurch or Queenstown.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 293

Their B767 is nasty!! Absolutely horrible seats in Biz...

Can't believe they use this plane and its layout on flights to LA via the South Pacific Islands.

QFF

19 Sep 2013

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I believe the 767s are gradually being replaced.

18 Mar 2014

Total posts 94

It's only a once weekly RAR-LAX service. Very few people would fly all the way from AKL straight through to LA this way, they'd stick to the 777's.

As grov has said, they are being retired anyway.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2011

Total posts 335

And the 777s are not much better in economy. 10 abreast. I'd rather fly the 767...

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 293

Depends if it's a refurbished B777-200ER or not. 

The non-refurbished B777-200's still have the 9 abreast seating in economy.

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1446

And be prepared that they swap aircraft at their pleasure without even notify passengers! I dislike 767 the most from all Boeing offers and I really happy that Qantas finishes with them.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2014

Total posts 98

Awesome news, provides a connection without having to wrestle the east coast SYD/MEL dramas to NZ, Pacific and South America from the Middle East!


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