A new decision by Air New Zealand to fly its 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu will expand capacity on the Auckland to Honolulu route by almost 20 percent.

Scheduled to begin on 10 May 2016, the deployment of the bigger aircraft will also allow the airline to enhance the inflight experience for passengers flying between the two cities. Air New Zealand’s 787-9 Dreamliner features the airline’s award-winning Economy Skycouch and Premium Economy product, both of which offer greater space and comfort onboard.

“We’re looking forward to taking the 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu – not only will the aircraft allow us to deliver a significant capacity increase on the route but we’ll also be able to improve the experience our customers have on board with new inflight product.”

Cam Wallace, Chief Sales and Commercial Officer, Air New Zealand 

The 787-9 Dreamliner will replace the Boeing 767-300s currently operating the route.

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In related news, Air New Zealand is also rescheduling its four weekly Auckland – Honolulu return services from 29 March 2016. The new scheduling will see departures out of Auckland shift from the morning to the evening, allowing for better connections in both directions.

According to Wallace, the new timetable is a response to an increasing demand in Hawaii travel.

“Hawaii is a popular holiday destination for Kiwis and Australians alike and these changes will better enable customers based in New Zealand’s regional centres and Australia to fly to Honolulu within the one day, rather than needing to overnight in Auckland as many currently do.  In turn, the revised arrival time in Honolulu allows customers to conveniently connect onto domestic services in Hawaii.”

Cam Wallace, Chief Sales and Commercial Officer, Air New Zealand 

Air New Zealand’s new Auckland to Honolulu schedule will start on 29 March 2016.

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