Air New Zealand to Relaunch Nonstop Flights to Seoul

The thrice-weekly flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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On November 23, the New Zealand flag carrier will be restarting nonstop services between Auckland and Seoul. In the mid-1990s, Air New Zealand had previously flown between the two cities, before dropping the route to suit changing travel patterns and stronger demand elsewhere on its network.

For travelers, the new 12-hour flight will be a much-welcomed connection between Auckland and Seoul. Currently, passengers flying to the South Korean capital on the New Zealand carrier have to stopover at Tokyo Narita before taking a connecting flight on Asiana Airlines to Seoul.

At the start, flights will operate three times per week on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. The frequency is expected to increase up to five weekly flights during the peak summer season during late December and mid-February, with two additional flights on Wednesday and Sunday.

Operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the flights look set to grow inbound leisure travel from South Korea to New Zealand. Travelers can look forward to flying on the new-configuration 787-9s, which come with 27 Business Premier seats, an increase from the older 18, as well as 33 seats in premium economy, an increase from 21.

More information here.

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