New Zealand Receives its First Commercial 787 Flights

China Southern 787 AKL OCT13New Zealand’s first commercial ‘Dreamliner’ flight arrived at Auckland Airport on October 28.
The China Southern Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft, with eleven China Southern Airlines dignitaries and nine Chinese media on board it, were welcomed by New Zealand’s Associate Tourism Minister, Chris Tremain, and Auckland Airport’s new Chairman, Sir Henry van der Heyden.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner replaces the Airbus A330 previously used on the daily Guangzhou to Auckland route, and increases China Southern Airlines’ seat capacity by almost 5% per annum.
China Southern Airlines will fly a second Dreamliner aircraft to Auckland for the peak summer period from December 4 to March 1, meaning the number of weekly flights on the Guangzhou-Auckland route will soon increase from seven to ten.
Glenn Wedlock, Auckland Airport’s General Manager Aeronautical Commercial, says China Southern’s decision to use its Dreamliner on the Auckland route, coupled with the increase in weekly flights, heralds strong Chinese passenger arrival growth with significant benefits for the New Zealand tourism industry.
“China Southern Airlines’ commitment to use the Dreamliner on this route, as well as the increase to ten flights per week, indicates long-term growth potential for not only China, but also for China Southern Airlines as a global carrier,” said Mr Wedlock.
“The daily arrival of this new aircraft also provides a snapshot of what we will see from Chinese air travel in the future, in particular the importance of our relationship with the Guangdong region as an Asian hub for New Zealand aviation.”
“The Dreamliner delivers significant benefits; including additional seats, 20% more cargo revenue capacity, and increased fuel efficiency which means the aircraft is better for the environment,” says Mr Wedlock.
Mr He, China Southern Regional General Manager Australia New Zealand, says that the Dreamliner offers an extensive range of advantages to the passenger, improving the overall comfort and convenience of the service.
“These aircraft are the latest from Boeing and offer fully lie-flat seats in Business Class and seat-back TVs throughout,” said Mr He.
“The sleek Dreamliner is a whole new generation of aircraft from Boeing, offering all the latest mod-cons and a three cabin configuration, with a total of 228 seats, including four seats in first class, 24 in business class seats and an economy cabin with 200 seats.”