Air New Zealand Flies Dreamliner To Honolulu, Plans Buenos Aires Upgrade

Air New Zealand’s has completed the first transpacific flight of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with the arrival of the advanced composite jet in Honolulu from Auckland for the first time yesterday. The Star Alliance carrier also took the opportunity to reveal Buenos Aires as its newest destination to be served by its flagship aircraft.

Dreamliner Replaces Aging B767s on Auckland – Honolulu

The airline’s Auckland – Honolulu service will now be operated by the advanced composite jet, with airline executives touting its improved cabin environment ensure passengers arrive feeling relaxed and more refreshed.

Flight NZ 010 currently departs Auckland at 2055 hrs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Honolulu at 0730 hrs the same day, having crossed the International Date Line. The return flight, NZ 009, takes off from Hawaii at 0940 hrs (Tuesdays, Thursdays) / 1000 hrs (Saturdays) to land back in New Zealand at 1635 hrs (Tuesdays, Thursdays) / 1655 hrs (Saturdays) the next day. Air New Zealand will also add a Friday departure from 07 June 2016, bringing the route to a 4 times weekly service.

The B787 takes over from the airline’s venerable B767s, offering a 20 percent capacity increase and its latest cabin products onboard.

Buenos Aires First South American City for Air New Zealand B787

From 30 October 2016, the airline will deploy the 302-seat aircraft on the Auckland-Buenos Aires route, which it first launched in December 2015.

Flights will initially operate 3 times a week, with NZ 030 departing Auckland at 2005 hrs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Buenos Aires at 1545 hrs the same day. Return service NZ 031 is wheels up from the Argentinian capital at 2359 hrs and lands back at Auckland International Airport at 0515 hrs two days later. Air New Zealand will increase frequencies to 4 flights per week for the peak season between 12 December 2016 and 27 February 2017, with the addition of an extra Monday departure.

Configured in a 3-class layout, the Kiwi Dreamliner offers 302 seats, including flat beds in business class, its new premium economy cabin and the innovative Economy Skycouch concept, which converts a row of 3 economy class seats into a flat bed. Air New Zealand currently has 6 B787-9s in service, with a further 6 jets on-order.

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