AIRLINE NEWS

Air New Zealand, Qantas and JetStar have been quick to reinstate capacity including flights from Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown to various Australian destinations, in addition to ex-Auckland. New destinations in Australia include Hobart with Air New Zealand and 3 x weekly flights Auckland to Cairns with Qantas.

Air New Zealand – will operate twice daily widebody 787’s between Auckland to Sydney at peak times and so these aircraft will offer Business and Premium Economy Class to those who want inflight social distancing. All other flights will be operated by the single aisle Airbus A320s. 

Qantas – their Frequent Flyers are being admirably rewarded as the first few days after 19 April, every seat is being offered to the Qantas Frequent Flyers (several New Zealand credit cards now allow you to assign your points to Qantas FF). Qantas will also be adding their widebody international Airbus A330 aircraft on Auckland (2 x daily) and Christchurch (1x daily) to Sydney routes, as well as daily Auckland to Brisbane/Melbourne. The other Qantas routes will be operated by their narrow body Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The new three weekly flights to Cairns will be with the more comfortable widebody Airbus A330 with international configuration. 

JetStar is also reinstating its schedule which includes the flights to the Gold Coast.

Emirates has continued to operate its aircraft Christchurch/Sydney/Dubai and Auckland/Brisbane/Dubai but these flights will not open for Tasman passengers due to the through travellers to/from Dubai.

Virgin Australia is no longer operating flights trans-Tasman.