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Air New Zealand Updates Summer Capacity, Network

DALLAS — Air New Zealand (NZ) has announced updates to its capacity and network for the upcoming summer season. The airline will be reintroducing two routes, extending the pause on another route, and increasing capacity on key Asian routes.

Starting in October 2024, NZ will resume flights to Hobart and Seoul, which were temporarily paused during the New Zealand winter period. These routes will operate as seasonal services, with three direct flights per week to each destination from October to March.

Additionally, the New Zealand flag carrier will be expanding its capacity on key Asian routes. Singapore, Tokyo, and Taipei will see an increase in seat numbers between November 2024 and March 2025.

This increase is made possible by the introduction of NZ's larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft on these routes. The new aircraft offers a 30% higher cargo capability compared to the Boeing 787 aircraft it replaces, benefiting exporters to these markets and beyond.

However, due to ongoing engine challenges, NZ has had to extend the pause on its Chicago service, which was originally scheduled to resume in October 2024. The airline anticipates returning to the Chicago route in the second half of 2025 when it receives new 787 aircraft from Boeing.

The featured image showcases NZ's ZK-OKQ Boeing 777-319(ER).

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