Air New Zealand will become the only airline to operate scheduled Dreamliner services between Auckland and Hawaii with the inaugural Boeing 787-9 flight departing to Honolulu tonight.
The inaugural Dreamliner flight departs Auckland International Airport at 8.55pm this evening and is due to arrive in Honolulu at 7.30am the same day. This is the first time the airline has operated the Dreamliner on one of its five North American routes on a scheduled and exclusive basis.
Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace says the deployment of the Dreamliner between Auckland and Honolulu enables us to offer a superior inflight experience for customers travelling on the route.
“The overnight flight and benefits of the higher humidity and lower cabin altitude on the revolutionary Dreamliner means customers can arrive feeling relaxed and more refreshed.
“As Hawaii continues to be a popular holiday destination for Kiwi travellers, we’re thrilled to be adding additional capacity and are confident more Australian customers will be looking to connect through Auckland on our evening Dreamliner service.”
Earlier this year, Air New Zealand also increased its service between Auckland and Honolulu to four times weekly. With the frequency increase and now the larger aircraft, the airline is delivering an almost 20 percent seat capacity increase.
The airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will replace Boeing 767-300s on the route.
The Dreamliner offers the airline’s award-winning Economy Skycouch™, comfortable ink-coloured luxury leather seats with leg rests in Premium Economy, and lie-flat beds in Business Premier.