The first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly to New Zealand landed at Auckland International Airport on Monday afternoon. The China Southern Airlines plane will now fly daily from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to Auckland.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner replaces the Airbus A330 currently used on the daily Guangzhou to Auckland route, and increases China Southern Airlines’ seat capacity by almost 5 percent per year. China Southern will fly a second Dreamliner to Auckland for the peak summer period from Dec. 4 to March 1, meaning the number of weekly flights on the Guangzhou-Auckland route will soon increase from seven to 10.
Glenn Wedlock, Auckland Airport’s general manager aeronautical commercial, said on Monday that China Southern’s decision to use its Dreamliner on the Auckland route, coupled with the increase in weekly flights, heralds strong Chinese passenger arrival growth with significant benefits for the New Zealand tourism industry.
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