Air New Zealand have
announced that they intend to swap its Airbus 777-200 Aircraft on its Auckland
to Tokyo flight for a Boeing 747-400 following increased passenger numbers on
This change will add an
additional 1000 seats per week on this route and will increase capacity by 25%
The full media release from
Air New Zealand can be read below:
Air New Zealand to Operate Boeing 747-400 on Tokyo
route Following Increased Passenger Numbers
Return of the 747 to Tokyo signals Japanese market
21 February 2011
Japanese visitor numbers are prompting Air New Zealand to operate
Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Tokyo route following five years absence.
numbers declined steadily from a high of 165,000 in 2004 down to about 78,000
in 2009 before growing 12% to 87,700 in 2010 with the help of additional
Air New Zealand charter flights and increased marketing.
Air New Zealand
will increase capacity by 25% this coming summer on scheduled services between
Tokyo’s Narita Airport and New Zealand through the use of the 379 seat Boeing
Air New Zealand
currently operates 304 seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft daily between New Zealand
and Tokyo’s Narita Airport (Auckland return four times per week and
Christchurch return three times per week). Boeing 767-300s are used between New
Zealand and Osaka-Kansai Airport five times a week.
Norm Thompson says switching the Tokyo route to a 747 will provide more than
1,000 additional return seats per week over the high season.
“The move demonstrates
Air New Zealand’s confidence in the growth potential of the Japan
tourism market. The success of special charter flights this summer suggests the
Japanese market is experiencing a strong recovery. Air New Zealand is
currently operating 14 special return charter flights from nine departure points
between the end of December and the beginning of April 2011. That’s triple the
number we ran last year.”
were operated with the support of Tourism New Zealand and Auckland
International Airport Limited.
the highest spending visitors to New Zealand, spending an average of $4,550 per
person. Nearly 88,000 Japanese visited New Zealand in 2010, spending a total of
extra capacity will be deployed on the Tokyo route next summer between December
2011 and February 2012.