Air New Zealand will increase services between China and New
Zealand to cash in on the growing passenger traffic between the two
Starting from October 31, the airlines will operate two extra
services per week between Shanghai and Auckland on Thursday and
Saturday, increasing its weekly operations from three to five.
With the flight number NZ88, the 313-seat Boeing 777-200ER
aircraft will leave the Shanghai Pudong International Airport at
14:15 and reach Auckland at 06:50 local time.
The air carrier increased flights to meet the rising demand of
the business travelers and tourists boosted by the closer economic
and trade relations between China and New Zealand.
The number of Chinese tourists to New Zealand increased by more
than 20 percent to 116,000 in the twelve months ended in this
"China is a key market for us. We are confident on its future
development," said Peter Elmsly, general manager of Air New Zealand
in Great China.
Air New Zealand will also introduce double daily services
between Hong Kong and Auckland on Friday and Sunday from November
30 to March 2 next year.
(Xinhua News Agency September 3, 2007)