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Qantas lounge access for Air NZ travellers
Air New Zealand’s Airpoints frequent flyers will be given access to Qantas Club’s domestic network as part of the recently announced alliance between both national carriers. Travellers will need to be travelling on a domestic Qantas flight under an Air NZ codeshare to qualify but trans-Tasman and other international flights are excluded from the agreement.
VA to offer WiFi on trans-Tasman flights
Starting 28 October 2018, travellers on Virgin Australia flights will have access to on-board WiFi starting with a complimentary 15-minute session. The airline has also announced new benefits for its Velocity Frequent Flyer program on short-haul international flights to destinations such as Bali, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa. Members will be able to earn points based on dollars spent rather than distance travelled.
Pier B milestone for Auckland Airport
At 190m in length, the new Auckland Airport terminal features two additional lounges and four air bridges, which will enable it to handle four A380s or eight smaller aircraft at the same time. Auckland Airport has launched an “airport of the future” interactive map detailing the major projects underway and how the airport will evolve over the next 30 years.
VA to run NTL to AKL flights over summer
Virgin Australia will operate direct flights from 22 November 2018 until 17 February 2019 between Newcastle and Auckland. The seasonal service will be the first time an airline has conducted trans-Tasman flights out of Newcastle airport in 16 years.
Air NZ wins Best Premium Economy
Air New Zealand has won the Best Premium Economy category at the 2018 Skytrax Awards. The awards are based on a passenger survey with over 20 million entries, making it the largest travel poll in the world. The airline also moved up to 17th place on the list of the world’s best airlines.
CZ to launch Dreamliner to Christchurch
Starting later this year, Christchurch-bound passengers travelling on China Southern Airlines will be treated to its new, state of the art 787-9s. The upgraded aircraft will also feature a new Business Class cabin and increased seating capacity, beginning late October, until 31 March 2019.
Singapore Airlines adds top long-range jet to fleet
Last month, Airbus unveiled the first of its ultra-long-range A350 XWB aircraft. The aircraft will be officially launched by Singapore Airlines in October to fly its Singapore-New York service, making it the world’s longest commercial flight and overtaking the current Auckland to Doha route.
Air NZ to replace fleet and reduce Auckland-Adelaide flights
Air New Zealand will phase out all A320 aircraft on its Auckland-Adelaide route from late October 2018 in favour of newer Boeing 787-9s. The change to an all-Dreamliner fleet will also see the airline reduce its frequency on this route to four-five flights per week, down from the current six.
Emirates reaches two million travellers
Emirates has recorded over two million passengers to and from Auckland since commencing services to the city in 2003. The airline operates a daily non-stop Dubai-Auckland service with the Airbus A380 and daily Dubai-Denpasar-Auckland service on a Boeing 777-300ER.
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Hotel Indigo to open in Auckland
The Hotel Indigo brand will be introduced to New Zealand in 2021, after IHG signed a deal with Australasian property developer Ninety Four Feet. The proposed 225-room Hotel Indigo Auckland will be located in one of the city’s tallest buildings as part of a mixed-use development in Auckland Central. The space, located in the heart of the North Island capital, will also contain food and beverage outlets and residential facilities.
Premium Hotel planned for Britomart
Construction has begun on the TFE Hotel-owned Hotel Britomart in Auckland. The top tier lifestyle hotel will have 99-rooms and five suites across 10 floors upon completion in 2020, bringing an element of class and sophistication to the Britomart precinct. The area is well known for its redeveloped structures, restaurants and boutiques all above the city’s busiest public transport hub.