Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


Feb 4, 2008

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand will launch twice-weekly Auckland-Beijing on July 18 with a 777-200ER. Jan 31, 2008

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand gets award for service. An aviation publication has awarded Air New Zealand for having the world's best passenger service. Air Transport World magazine says the national carrier has been innovative and consistently superior in providing outstanding quality passenger service at a fair price. Spokesman Perry Flint says Air New Zealand's customer service staff are known for their warmth and cheeriness and they are empowered to go the extra mile for their passengers. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe says the award is justified recognition for the hard work Air New Zealand staff have put in the over the last few years. Jan 29, 2008

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand slashed its standard domestic fares 9%-27% to stimulate travel and tourism. The changes, effective from Feb. 23, are for lead-in "smart saver" fares on 40 domestic routes. These will be introduced alongside reductions of 20%-30% in top-end fares on a number of regional routes popular with business customers and cuts of 15% in top-end fares on main trunk routes. The restructuring comes after a two-year, NZ$350 million ($268.6 million) buildup of the regional fleet that has seen average seat capacity increase 46%. Some popular destinations have seen bigger increases such as Nelson (69%), New Plymouth (60%) and Tauranga (67%). The fare initiative follows the successful daily grab-a-seat program, which since its launch 15 months ago has sold 155,000 domestic seats at prices ranging from NZ$1 to NZ$39. Separately, ANZ announced suspension of its thrice-weekly Nadi-Los Angeles service effective April 26. It will extend its codeshare agreement with Air Pacific to cover six weekly Fiji-LAX flights, up from the current four. Jan 28, 2008


EVA Launches Taipei-Osaka-Los Angeles Route. EVA Air is launching a Taipei-Osaka-Los Angeles route on March 30, giving passengers an alternative to its Taipei hub and nonstop service between Los Angeles and Osaka, Japan. EVA is presently the only airline with scheduled nonstop flights between Osaka and Los Angeles. The flights will utilize new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and will be operated three days a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight BR167 will depart Los Angeles at 12:10 p.m. and arrive in Osaka 4:05 p.m. the next day, and then continue on to Taipei, arriving at 7:25...

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