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American Airlines launches new, daily flight between Los Angeles and Beijing

AA returned to New Zealand on June 26, 2016

American Airlines on November 5, 2017 launched daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), marking the carrier’s third nonstop route to the Chinese capital and 15th route between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2010, American has served Beijing from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and in 2015 added service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Daily LAX-PEK Service Schedule (all times local):

AA 181 AA 180
LAX-PEK PEK-LAX
Departs LAX at 10:55 a.m. Departs PEK at 6:30 p.m.
Arrives at PEK at 4:20 p.m. (next day) Arrives at LAX at 3:15 p.m.

Service between LAX and PEK will be operated using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft that features 28 fully lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in Business Class. All seats onboard the 787-800 have access to international Wi-Fi, a touchscreen monitor equipped with up to 260 movies, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games.

American is the largest carrier at LAX with more than 200 daily flights to 70 destinations on five continents. Earlier this year, American announced that it would be investing more than $1.5 billion in improvements at LAX’s Terminals 4 and 5 for its customers and 7,000 team members who call the hub home. Later this year, American will reopen a renovated Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge with new Flagship First Dining. More than 500 new team members, including Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking flight attendants and customer service agents, have joined American at LAX since 2016.

At PEK, American recently relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2, significantly reducing connection times for customers transiting flights between the U.S., China and other destinations in Asia. This move also allowed American to collocate with its equity partner, China Southern.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N805AN (msn 40623) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 933670.

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Qatar Airways launches the longest air route

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ LR A7-BBB (msn 36013) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 936880.

Qatar Airways released this statement on February 6, 2017:

It was a historic moment for Qatar Airways on February 6, 2017, as it launched its new record-breaking Auckland service on one of the country’s most significant days of the year – Waitangi Day. As the first Qatar Airways flight touched down on the North Island of New Zealand, just after sunrise – a new chapter in the airline’s history began.

Celebrations to commemorate the launch of the world’s longest commercial flight, which takes 17 hours and 30 minutes and covers a distance of 14,535 kilometers, began at the airport with a traditional water salute as the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 taxied down the runway (above).

Qatar Airways’ first flight to New Zealand flies over the city of Auckland on its final approach to the airport.

The new daily flight to Auckland is served by a Boeing 777, which has a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 217 seats in Economy Class.

Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight were welcomed on board with special cupcakes, in addition guests travelling in Business Class received a celebratory Kiwi Rose Fizz mocktail, both created to commemorate the new service. Bespoke menu cards and beverage lists inspired by a traditional Maori carving were also designed especially for the occasion.

Auckland is the first new destination launch of the year for the airline that added 14 new destinations in 2016 and plans to launch more in 2017/18 including: Yanbu and Tabuk, Saudi Arabia; Dublin, The Republic of Ireland; Nice, France; Skopje, Macedonia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina; Libreville, Gabon; Douala, Cameroon; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Canberra, Australia; Medan, Indonesia; and Las Vegas, U.S.

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ LR A7-BBB (msn 36013) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 936880.

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Cathay Pacific brings the Airbus A350-900 to New Zealand

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRC (msn 034) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 935437.

Cathay Pacific Airways on October 28, 2016 upgraded the Hong Kong – Auckland route from older Airbus A340 aircraft to the new Airbus A350-900. The pictured A350-941 B-LRC (msn 034) was the first to operate flights CX197/198 and is seen arriving at Auckland for the first time.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRC (msn 034) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 935437.

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Air New Zealand operates its last regularly-scheduled Boeing 737 flight, will operate a farewell tour

 

Air New Zealand 737-NGI (08-rev 96)(Grd) AKL (CH)(LRW)

Air New Zealand (Auckland) as planned, today (September 6) operated its last regularly-scheduled Boeing 737 revenue flight as flight NZ 557 between Auckland and Christchurch. The last regular flight was operated with Boeing 737-319 ZK-NGI (msn 25608) (above).

However Air New Zealand will operate the aircraft on a Farewell Tour around New Zealand from September 8 through September 21 under the following schedule:

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September 8 CHC-IVC ETD 0700 ETA 0800 ANZ 1737
IVC-DUD ETD 1530 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 9 DUD-CHC ETD 1530 ETA 1615 ANZ 1737

September 12 CHC-CHC 6 times ANZ 1731 through ANZ 1736

September 13 CHC-CHC 6 times ANZ 1731 through ANZ 1736

September 14 CHC-WLG ETD 1815 ETA 1900 ANZ 1737

September 15 WLG-WLG 3 times
WLG-NPE ETD 1515 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 16 NPE-TRG ETD 1515 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 17 TRG-AKL ETD 1530 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 19 AKL-AKL 6 times

September 20 AKL-AKL 6 times

September 21 AKL-CHC ETD 1000 ETA 1120 ANZ 6201

As previously reported, Air New Zealand and its associated companies have been a Boeing 737 operator since 1968. National Airways (New Zealand National Airways Corporation) (NAC) (Wellington) took delivery of Boeing 737-219 ZK-NAC (msn 19929) on August 29, 1968, followed by ZK-NAD (msn 19930) on September 11, 1968 and ZK-NAE (msn 19931) on October 5, 1968. NAC was taken over and merged into Air New Zealand on April 1, 1978. At that time ANZ became a Boeing 737 operator.

Top Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Air New Zealand Boeing 737-3K2 ZK-NGI taxies at a cloudy Auckland.

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Thank you to Colin Hunter for the above information from New Zealand.

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Air New Zealand is planning to retire the last Boeing 737 in September

Air New Zealand (Auckland) is tentatively planning to retire its last Boeing 737 from revenue in September. The airline is planning to operate the last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight on September 6 as flight NZ 557 from Auckland to Christchurch according to Airline Route.

Air New Zealand and its associated companies have been a Boeing 737 operator since 1968. National Airways (New Zealand National Airways Corporation) (NAC) (Wellington) took delivery of Boeing 737-219 ZK-NAC (msn 19929) on August 29, 1968, followed by ZK-NAD (msn 19930) on September 11, 1968 and ZK-NAE (msn 19931) on October 5, 1968. NAC was taken over and merged into Air New Zealand on April 1, 1978. At that time ANZ became a Boeing 737 operator.

Top Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Air New Zealand Boeing 737-3K2 ZK-NGK (msn 26318) approaches the runway at Auckland.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. A fine ramp portrait of NAC’s ex-PSA Boeing 737-214 ZK-NAK (msn 20156).

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Virgin Australia introduces its new Boeing 737 Business Class to New Zealand, announces a half year financial turnaround

Virgin Australia Airlines’ (Brisbane) announced its Business Class began flying across the Tasman Sea on February 28, as part of a progressive rollout in the New Zealand and Pacific Island markets.

The inaugural return flight operated from Auckland to Sydney and signifies an enhancement to the airline’s premium service offering on trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes. All other services come into effect on March 31, 2015.

Virgin Australia 737-800 Business Class 1 (VA)(LRW)

A progressive refit on 10 of the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet is currently underway, reconfiguring the aircraft with the 2-2 business class configuration, which feature luxury leather seating and menus designed by resident head chef Luke Mangan, as well as the introduction of priority services including check-in and boarding.

Virgin Australia 737-800 Business Class 2 (VA)(LRW)

Virgin Australia Business Class features include:

Luxury leather seating with 38” seat pitch on the Boeing 737 (above)
Comfort packs with luxurious blankets, pillows, and International-style amenity kits including Australian organic cosmetics by GROWN for flights over three hours
Newspapers until noon daily
Exclusive Luke Mangan gourmet full service dining experience
Premium Australian wines, beers, and spirit selection
Gourmet tea selection from Madame Flavour
Priority baggage service where available

On the financial side, the company issued its half year results ending on December 31, 2014. CEO John Borghetti announced a significant improvement with an underlying profit before tax of A$10.2 million, an improvement on a loss of A$45.4 million in the first half of 2014.

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Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBB (msn 33797) taxies at Auckland, New Zealand.

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Air New Zealand to end Beechcraft 1900D operations in August 2016

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.

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