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South Australia gets new Dreamliner service

Air New Zealand introduces B787 on Adelaide route

With visitor numbers between New Zealand and South Australia continuing to soar, Air New Zealand has today announced it will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Adelaide from October 2017, significantly increasing capacity on the Adelaide – Auckland route as well as introducing a range of premium seating options.


The introduction of this popular new state of the art aircraft will see the airline increase capacity between Adelaide and Auckland by up to 23 percent over the peak season (26 October 2017 – 25 March 2018).  It will also see the airline offer Business Premier™ and Premium Economy™ on this route for the first time.


Image Auckland Airport


Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace who travelled to Adelaide this week to make the announcement alongside South Australia’s Minister for Tourism Hon Leon Bignell, says the introduction of scheduled Dreamliner services for the first time is significant for the South Australia market.


“We’re looking forward to introducing the Dreamliner on the Adelaide route.  This change is really going to enhance the experience we offer our customers travelling between South Australia and New Zealand as well as onto our North and South America destinations, with more choice about when and how they fly,” says Mr Wallace.


These changes complement the investment Air New Zealand has been making on the ground where the airline recently became the first to offer self-service kiosks at Adelaide Airport, improving the check-in experience for customers.


South Australia is an important market for Air New Zealand.  Six months ago it launched its Better Way to Fly campaign designed to encourage more Australians to choose Air New Zealand for long haul travel by connecting through Auckland to North and South America.


Air New Zealand will operate a combination of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320 aircraft between Auckland and Adelaide over the peak season.  The schedule from 26 October 2017 – 25 March 2018 is as follows:


Flight No.  



Days of week

Aircraft type


AKL 8.35am

ADL 10.40am  

Weds / Fri / Sun

Boeing 787-9


AKL 8.15am

ADL 10.40am

Mon / Tues / and Sat 16 Dec – 27 Jan  

Airbus A320


ADL 11.55am  

AKL 6.25pm

Weds / Fri / Sun

Boeing 787-9


ADL 11.40am 

AKL 6.25pm

Mon / Tues / and Sat 16 Dec – 27 Jan

Airbus A320


Meanwhile, Air New Zealand is pleased to advise the below changes to its Buenos Aires schedule.


From 6 Nov to 3 Dec 2017 services will operate up to four times weekly. This will increase to five services per week during the peak period of 4 Dec 2017 – 25 Feb 2018. This is now available for sale in your GDS.


Published: 15 March 2017

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