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Tianjin Airlines to begin operating from Chongqing, China to Auckland, New Zealand

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Tianjin Airlines starting on December 21, 2016 will begin to operate nonstop Chongqing-Auckland service three times a week using 260-seat Airbus A330 aircraft.

The outbound flight is scheduled to depart from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 00:30, arriving at Auckland at 18:00 (13.5 hour flight time).

The return flight departs from Auckland at 21:00, arriving at Chongqing at 05:30 the following morning (12.5 hours).

The Chongqing-Auckland route is the first New Zealand route from Chongqing.

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American Airlines to fly to New Zealand

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker announces new service to Auckland and is welcomed to New Zealand by Prime Minister John Key and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. American will fly to Auckland from its Los Angeles hub with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner beginning in June 2016.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will add new nonstop service between its trans-Pacific gateway hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Auckland Airport (AKL) in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals. The route to Auckland provides American’s customers direct access to a new destination and further strengthens the airline’s joint business with QANTAS Airways (Sydney). American has added six new trans-Pacific routes over the last three years, nearly doubling its presence in the region.

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The two CEOs met earlier in the day with New Zealand Prime Minster John Key to present details of American’s new service that is planned to operate on the following daily schedule starting in June 2016 (all times local):

LAX-AKL
Departs LAX at 10:45 p.m.
Arrives at AKL at 6:35 a.m., two days later

AKL-LAX
Departs AKL at 1:20 p.m.
Arrives at LAX at 6:30 a.m., same day

American plans to operate its new daily service between LAX and AKL with the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

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United Airlines to add three new international routes from the San Francisco hub

United Airlines (Chicago) is adding three new routes from its San Francisco (SFO) hub. The airline issued this statement:

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United Airlines, the U.S. airline with the most comprehensive route network and the most trans-Pacific service, will further expand its global reach with new nonstop service from San Francisco to:

  • Tel Aviv, Israel, with service three times each week beginning March 30, 2016;
  • Auckland, New Zealand, with service three times each week beginning July 1, 2016, expanding to daily service in October; and
  • Xi’an, China, previously announced, three-times-weekly service beginning May 8, 2016, for the summer season.

Each new service is subject to government approval.

The airline intends to operate the new flights with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most advanced passenger airplane.

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As part of United’s evaluation for serving San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) nonstop, the airline considered the opinions of thousands of customers who petitioned for the service through the SFOTLV.ORG petition effort.

Flight  From  To  Departure  Arrival
UA954 SFO TLV  8 p.m. We/Fr/Su 8:10 p.m. the next day
UA955 TLV SFO 12:55 a.m. Tu/Fr/Su 6 a.m. the same day

Flight times will be 14 hours, 10 minutes eastbound and 15 hours, 5 minutes westbound.

United has served Israel since 1999. The airline currently offers twice-daily Boeing 777 nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and New York/Newark.

San Francisco-Auckland

United’s three-times weekly service to Auckland (AKL), New Zealand’s largest city and main transportation hub to other points throughout the country, will launch July 1, 2016, with 787-8 aircraft. The schedule will expand to daily flights operating with 787-9 aircraft on Oct. 28, 2016, in time for the peak-winter travel season.

The Auckland flights will operate in partnership with United’s Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand.

Flight  From  To  Departure  Arrival
UA917 SFO  AKL 10:45 p.m. 6:55 a.m. two days later
UA916 AKL  SFO  1:20 p.m.  6:40 a.m. the same day

Flight times will be 13 hours, 10 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 20 minutes eastbound.

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From its San Francisco hub, United operates nearly 280 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

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United currently has 22 787 Dreamliners in its fleet and expects to take delivery of three more by the end of 2015.

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

 

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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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Philippine Airlines is coming to Cairns and Auckland

Philippine Airlines (Philippines) (Manila) has announced it will launch a new route to Auckland, New Zealand via Cairns starting on December 1. The carrier will use Airbus A320s on the new route.

Here is the full statement:

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As part of the expansion of its network in the Oceania region, flag carrier Philippine Airlines will launch flights from Manila to Cairns, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning on December 1 this year.

PAL will operate four flights weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) to serve the Manila-Cairns-Auckland route, utilizing the 156-seater Airbus A320.

The six-hour flight to Cairns – PAL’s fifth Australian destination – departs Manila at 11:45 PM (2345) (MNL time) arriving in Australia at 08:00 AM (0800) (local time) the following day. The one-hour stopover allows PAL to pick up passengers from Cairns for the continuing journey to Auckland. Arrival in New Zealand is at 4:00 PM (1600) (local time).

Flights from Auckland depart on the same days at 6:30 PM (1830) (local time), arriving Cairns at 10:30 PM (2230) (local time). After a brief stopover, flights depart from Cairns, arriving Manila at 3:30 AM (0330) (MNL time), the following day.

Prior to launching flights to these two destinations, PAL opened services to New York, USA on March 15 and to Jinjiang in Quangzhou, China on April 25.

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 RP-C8615 (msn 3731) arrives in Singapore.

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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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Air New Zealand is coming to Houston

Air New Zealand (Auckland) has announced it will expand its North American presence by opening a fifth gateway this December. The airline will soon provide nonstop service between Houston, Texas and Auckland, New Zealand up to five times per week.

The Auckland – Houston (Bush Intercontinental) route will start on December 15 and will operate five days a week.

Air New Zealand’s completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate the route. Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner United Airlines (Chicago), which has a large Houston-based hub, will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. A global gateway city, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) provides nonstop service to almost 200 airports around the globe (113 domestic U.S. destinations).

Air New Zealand, celebrating its 75th anniversary on April 30, is also set to commemorate 50 years of flying from North America later this year. The airline began service from Los Angeles to Auckland (via Nadi & Honolulu) on December 14, 1965. With the addition of Houston, Air New Zealand will offer nonstop service to New Zealand from five North American gateways, also including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKC (msn 34377) appraches the runway at Vancouver International Airport.

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Air New Zealand is coming to Buenos Aires

Air New Zealand (Auckland) will launch the Auckland – Buenos Aires route on December 1. The new route will operate three days a week with Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKC (msn 34377) completes the final approach to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Air China and Air New Zealand announce proposed alliance details, Air China to start Beijing-Melbourne service and will increase Boeing 777-300 ER flights to Los Angeles

Air China (Beijing) and Air New Zealand (Auckland) have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily nonstop service between Beijing and Auckland.

The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai – Auckland service which will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from August 24.

The proposed alliance would further open up Beijing as a new market to and from New Zealand and the airlines aim to almost double sustainable capacity between China and New Zealand while delivering a range of other benefits to travellers including greater frequency and network connections.

Subject to regulatory approvals, alliance services could commence as early as December 2015.

In other news, Air China will start Beijing-Melbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers Beijing-Melbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its Shanghai-Melbourne nonstop service.

The four-times weekly flights CA 165/6 will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25, 2015. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 02:00 and arrives in Melbourne at 15:30 local time; the return flight departs from Melbourne at 20:40 local time and arrives in Beijing at 06:30. The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Finally, Air China will add flights to its Beijing-Los Angeles route from May 2015, further strengthening its presence on the North American market.

The new flight numbers are CA 887/8. From May 2 to June 30, 2015, four flights will be offered per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. From July 1 to October 24, the flights will be increased to daily. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 12:00 and arrives in Los Angeles at 09:00 local time. The return flight departs from Los Angeles at 11:30 and arrives in Beijing at 15:10 local time. Boeing 777-300 ER, an aircraft type quite popular with the world’s business travelers, features full-flat seats in First Class/Business Class as well as Central Bar, personal AVODs and power outlets in all classes of service, accessible toilet and mood lighting system which can mimic wonderful moments from sunrise to sunset.

From 2013 to 2014, Air China started three nonstop routes: Beijing-Houston, Beijing-Hawaii and Beijing-Washington. Currently, Air China serves 7 destinations in North America, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver and Hawaii, spanning the southern, western and eastern parts of the United States. It offers 104 flights per week operated with the Boeing 777-300 ER. On January 7, 2015, Air China’s first Boeing 747-8, a new member of Boeing 747 family, made its maiden flight on its long-range route: Beijing-New York.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2039 (msn 38675) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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LAN Airlines to retire the last Airbus A340-300

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) is getting ready to replace its aging Airbus A340-300s (above) with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (below). The venerable A340s are currently assigned to the long-range Santiago-Auckland-Sydney Southern Hemisphere trans-Pacific route.

The last regularly-scheduled revenue flight is currently scheduled for the morning of April 17 when flight LA 800 arrives from Auckland at 11:35 am (1135) in Santiago. However the A340 may be kept as a reserve aircraft after this last scheduled flight, pending any last minute changes.

The Chilean carrier took delivery of its first stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (CC-BGA) on February 5.

In other news, LAN Airlines on January 27, 2016 will start to operate a weekly Boeing 787 flight on the Santiago-Caracas-Miami (on Wednesdays) route per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 CC-CQC (msn 363) arrives back at the Santiago (SCL) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGB (msn 35318) prepares to depart from Paine Field on a test flight on March 6. It is pending delivery to the carrier.