Air New Zealand to fly direct to South America
Air New Zealand will launch direct flights between Auckland and Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2015 - the airline’s first ever scheduled service to South America.
An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate three return services a week on the route all year round.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the new destination, the airline’s 28th international port, opens up an exciting new world for New Zealand.
“We’ve been very clear about our aspirations for growth in the Pacific Rim. Our flights to Singapore commence next month [January 2015] and this new route to Buenos Aires further strengthens our network in the Pacific Rim.”
Air New Zealand will enter into a code share agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals, which will see Aerolíneas Argentinas’ code returning to the South Pacific market on the new route and on key connecting Trans-Tasman services, and Air New Zealand will code share on Aerolíneas Argentinas’ services to Brazil.
“We are particularly excited that Aerolíneas Argentinas has agreed to support the service with code share, which we expect to help further stimulate tourism to New Zealand from this rugby loving nation,” says Mr Luxon.
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says the announcement is welcome news, at a time when the organisation has significantly invested in the Latin American market including the establishment of an office in South America.
“We’ve made some great progress in laying the foundations, but our success in attracting more South American visitors to New Zealand relies heavily on air linkages and we look forward to working in a partnership with Air New Zealand in the coming months to build in-bound demand for the new service.”
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts is encouraging tourism operators to support this new service by supporting marketing efforts, and developing fantastic activities and experiences that will appeal to South American visitors.
“This will both attract them to come and then to rave about New Zealand as a holiday destination to their family and friends. Air New Zealand is providing the supply – the industry has to help generate the demand.”