Air New Zealand is suspending its service between Kapiti Coast and Auckland from April this year.
The airline issued this statement:
Customer demand for domestic travel continues to experience steady growth with the airline adding 630,000 more seats nationwide this financial year alone and an expectation that it will further grow the regional turboprop network alone by 4.5 percent or 265,000 seats in the coming financial year.
Against this backdrop, the airline is currently making domestic schedule adjustments to better match its aircraft seat capacity to areas of growing customer demand and is committed to continuing to grow the wider regional network.
Air New Zealand has operated the Kapiti – Auckland service since 2011 and recognizes the support the community has given to it. On withdrawal, Air New Zealand will extend support to any other airline that operates the route as it has in other ports.
The last service between Kapiti Coast and Auckland will operate on April 3, 2018. Passengers booked to travel on this service past this date will be re-accommodated on alternative services.
Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Link-Air Nelson Bombardier DHC-8-311 ZK-NEA (msn 611) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 900337.
In other news, Air New Zealand has released a new video that spotlights Antarctica:
On the occasion of the delivery ceremony, held today at the Paris Air Show, the airline announced as well the purchase of an additional ATR 72-600 aircraft. Since 2011, Air New Zealand has purchased a total of 14 ATR 72-600s. Deliveries of the ATR 72-600 aircraft will continue until 2017. Once delivered, Air New Zealand will have 25 ATR aircraft in its fleet, including 11 ATR 72-500s and 14 ATR 72-600s.
The introduction of this additional ATR 72-600 aircraft marks yet another step in Air New Zealand’s fleet modernization strategy. The new ATR aircraft will join airline’s existing fleet of 6 other ATR 72-600s and 11 ATR 72-500s. The new aircraft will enter service in July across Air New Zealand’s regional domestic network.
As with other recent deliveries to Air New Zealand, the 68-seat ATR 72-600 is equipped with the most advanced technology for the aircraft type, including a new glass cockpit avionics suite and updated cabin interiors.
Air New Zealand (Auckland) has announced it will phase out its 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D fleet operated by Eagle Airways (Hamilton) under the Air New Zealand Link banner. ANZ is acquiring four additional ATR 72s to complete the phase out by August 2016.
Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Eagle Airways’ Beechcraft 1900D ZK-EAL (msn UE-435) arrives at the Auckland hub.
Air New Zealand (Auckland) is currently dealing with 5,000 impacted passengers the past two days due to the grounding of subsidiary Mount Cook Airline’s (Christchurch) 11 ATR 72-500s. ANZ hopes to get most of the fleet in the air again by tomorrow (March 20). The fleet was grounded on Saturday (March 17) when an inspection discovered hairline cracks around a cockpit window on one of the ATRs.