Air New Zealand’s big launch to Chicago later this month hasn’t distracted the carrier from its local & important trans-Tasman network, which is getting a boost.

From February 2019, Air New Zealand will increase the number of seats on the Auckland-Gold Coast route by 60 percent by adding an extra flight and replacing the A320 with the new A321neo.

The new service will run on Mondays and will compliment the carrier’s existing Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


The A321neo aircraft will operate on all five services, giving passengers access to 214 seats – 46 more than the current A320 aircraft.

In addition to extra seats, the A321neo has slimmer armrests in Economy Class to provide middle seat flyers with 3cm wider seats than usual, as well as aisle and window seats that are 1cm wider than the average.

The new aircraft also has 25 percent more overhead space and 15 more fuel efficiency for greener flying.


Air New Zealand’s Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said the additional service and extra aircraft seats would be “great for holidaymakers”, particularly during peak travel periods.

“The Gold Coast is a popular destination for Kiwi tourists and Australia is New Zealand’s largest source of inbound visitors, so it’s fantastic to be able to increase capacity to meet this demand.”

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer 

The airline’s first of 13 Airbus neo aircraft will join the fleet on 23 November when it will fly on flight NZ739 from Auckland to Brisbane.


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