Business Travel News New Zealand – March

Airline/Airport News.


faresAir New Zealand shrinks fares

Kia ora! New Zealand’s flag carrier has slashed fares on more than 750,000 seats by up to 50%. The move to shrink fares on 41 domestic routes will see these seats available for less than $50 in an effort to make domestic tourism more affordable to Kiwis. The new fares will be available to purchase from 25 March 2019.



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Air NZ 777-200 ERAir New Zealand to replace 777 with 787-9

Air New Zealand has announced plans to replace its 777-200ER with 787-9 equipment on the Auckland-Rarotonga-Los Angeles service from 4 May 2019 until 26 July 2019 and again from 31 August 2019 to 28 September 2019.



Air Canada Vancouver to AucklandNew Auckland to Vancouver service coming

Air Canada will compete on the Vancouver-Auckland route with plans to launch a four times weekly service from 12 December 2019. The move will add 30,000 seats on the route and inject around $38 million into the New Zealand economy. Air New Zealand currently operates the only service along this route although both airlines have recently signed an MoU with the aim of expanding its current alliance arrangement under a joint venture, also subject regulatory approval.


Delta upgrade seatingDelta upgrades seating

Delta Air Lines upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft will launch on the Sydney to Los Angeles route flying daily from April 5. The Boeing 777 has been fitted with the Delta One Suites – the world’s first all-suite business class and Delta Premium Select premium economy cabin, bringing travellers more luxury, comfort and choice. The aircraft also features the widest Main Cabin seats of Delta’s international fleet, amongst other interior upgrades. Read more here.


21 new aircrafts Air NZAir New Zealand to take delivery of 21 new aircrafts

Air New Zealand will be adding 21 new aircraft to their fleet over the next 18 months. The list includes seven A320/A321neo aircraft deliveries (two leased), two ATR 72-600 deliveries; five A320/A321neo aircraft deliveries (one leased), six ATR 72-600 deliveries, one Boeing 787-9 delivery (leased); three A320/A321neo aircraft deliveries.




Accor Hotels $25 deal (supplier relations)Accor Summer Offer

AccorHotels is offering a $25 off Each night on all bookings before 30 August 2019. Stay dates are until 31 January 2020 at all participating Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Quay West, The Sebel, Swissotel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis Budget hotels across Australia and New Zealand.



First airport hotel openswellington

The first fully connected and integrated airport terminal hotel in New Zealand has now opened at Wellington Airport, providing easy access for travellers with early departures and late arrivals. The four-star Rydges Hotels & Resorts Wellington Airport hotel offers 134 rooms – most with extensive views out to Lyall Bay and directly out over the runway as well as complimentary WiFi, on-site gym, restaurant and bar. A refurbished meeting centre for up to 160 people is expected to be completed later this year as part of the airport’s infrastructure development programme.


SKYCTYGreener future for SKYCITY

SKYCITY’s New Zealand locations in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown have been announced to be carbon neutral by the end of the year, after already cutting their emissions by 8 percent. The company’s Adelaide properties will follow by also going carbon neutral in 2020.





AEG SMG merger ChristchurchAEG Facilities and SMG to merge

AEG Facilities and SMG have announced a merging to create a global management company called ASM Global. The new company will jointly manage a portfolio of over 310 properties across five continents. AEG Facilities’ local venues include International Convention Centre Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena and Brisbane Entertainment Centre all managed by the Australian arm of AEG. The company has also been announced as the operator for the new Te Pae Christchurch facility.