Air New Zealand’s new Houston flights are proving to be popular amongst flyers, with the airline reporting strong sales within their first four months of launching.

In a monthly financial update, the airline’s Chief Sales and Commercial Officer, Cam Wallace, said both Kiwi and Aussie travellers are ‘loving’ the service.

Popularity is so high, he even attributed passenger enthusiasm for the new route to the 19.5 percent increase in demand on the airline’s Americas/UK routes.

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“We’re also seeing good growth in the number of American travellers using this service to visit New Zealand and Australia.”

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer

In response to strong demand for the route, Air New Zealand revealed earlier this year it would increase flights from five times weekly to daily during the peak season of December to February.

In addition to expanding its trans-Pacific services, Air New Zealand is also preparing to launch its first direct flights to Manila in December this year.

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The new year round service will operate three times a week using Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a flight time of around 10 and a half hours in each direction.

“As the only non-stop service between New Zealand and the Philippines, our flight will be quicker and more convenient for travellers than the fastest current option which flies indirect, potentially saving up to two and a half hours each way.”

Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer

The addition of Manila brings the total number of Air New Zealand’s international destinations to 32.

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