Virgin Australia partner Air New Zealand will fly its next-gen Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Perth to Christchurch when summer returns to Australia, marking the airline’s first Boeing 787 passenger flight to NZ’s South Island.
Plying the seasonal route from December 9 2016 to April 29 2017, guests in business class will enjoy fully-flat beds with direct aisle access…
… with premium economy also tucked behind in a 2-3-2 layout:
As the only airline to offer non-stop flights between the two cities, NZ162 is wheels-up from Perth at 11:25pm on Mondays and Fridays, reaching Christchurch at 10:25am the following morning.
On the return, NZ161 pushes back at 2:40pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays for a 4:55pm touchdown in Perth that same afternoon.
“Our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has proven to be popular with our customers since it first began operating between Auckland and Perth in September 2014,” said Air New Zealand Chief Sales & Commercial Officer Cam Wallace.
“These mid-haul routes are perfect for experiencing the aircraft’s improved cabin environment including higher humidity and lower cabin altitude which help passengers arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed,” Wallace continued.
These Boeing 787 Perth-Christchurch flights can now be booked via the Air NZ website, with Virgin Australia Velocity members able to earn Velocity points and status credits when jetting across the pond and beyond.
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