• China Eastern is also launching Shanghai-Auckland in December, going daily from January. Officially this is a "seasonal" service through March, but likely to be made permanent if all goes well. This will mean a second long-haul route with competition for Air New Zealand (the other being Honolulu).

  • When you look at an ordinary map Dubai is in the middle, so I don't know what the point of this bizarre one is.

  • Qantas, Virgin ban Knee Defender

    Aug 29, 2014, 07:06 PM

    If I sense the person in front of me is about to recline, my knees go into action. Aint no way that seat is coming back - sorry!

  • Qantas slashes Auckland flights

    Jun 20, 2014, 10:53 AM

    You're right, the "QF" numbers in the article don't add up. Unless you factor in the new JQ flights and then you get a net loss of 15 on the SYD/MEL/BNE routes. Slashing BNE-AKL from 14 to 5? Yikes. Tasman traffic is rising, but nobody wants to fly QF... They didn't give JQ ADL-AKL long; only s...

  • I think you're forgetting that trans-Tasman traffic is "international".

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  • Thoughts on Air New Zealand's new advertising campaign?"Where to next?"https://youtube.com/watch?v=clv4lf5QYu0

  • Assuming you are Australian and have never been sentenced to a prison term you can use SmartGate to clear immigration (ie. where the Customs officers are). As long as you are 'accepted' by SmartGate you will only interact with an MPI/Biosecurity inspector who will not be interested in your reason...

  • How early can I check in at Auckland?

    Jul 22, 2014, 12:59 PM

    You will be able to check in for NZ175 as soon as Air NZ check-in opens around 0400.If you are very early and the first person on the flight to make it to Customs there may be a small delay while they 'open' the flight for processing.There will be plenty of aircraft to look at between 1100 and 14...

  • Is Melbourne Airport (MEL) congested?

    Jun 28, 2014, 09:36 AM


  • No way.Air NZ is cutting Cairns to a seasonal service. If they can't fill Cairns year-round there's no hope of filling Darwin.Canberra is the only Australian destination I can envisage Air NZ adding to its list.

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