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Air New Zealand will nearly double capacity on its seasonal Auckland to Denpasar service in 2018 and will also extend the season it flies there by almost two months.

The airline currently operates two services per week from Auckland to Denpasar International Airport between the end of May and mid-October, increasing to three services per week during peak times.

Next year the airline's Auckland to Bali season will start at the beginning of April with up to five services operating per week using the airline's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, subject to regulatory approval.

Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace says Bali continues to prove popular with customers. 'The increase in services between Auckland and Bali, as well as the extension to the seasonal service, represents year-on-year growth of more than 90%.'

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Singapore Airlines today announced flights SQ291/292 will be retimed from 28 October 2017 following a review of the ‘Capital Express’ service.

The new schedule will see SQ291 depart 55 minutes later from Singapore, while SQ292 will depart Wellington 1 hour and 5 minutes earlier.

Singapore Airlines General Manager New Zealand, Simon Turcotte, said the timing changes were being made to improve the operational efficiency of the service.

“While the flights have met our expectations with regards to loads, there are some areas where we believe we can operate the service more efficiently,” Mr Turcotte said.  “Re-timing the flights will assist in this goal, while also providing additional connections from the Singapore Airlines global network to SQ291.  

“The later departure from Singapore will allow customers travelling from Bali, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phuket, and Shanghai to connect to the Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flight.

“We’ve seen an increase in demand to cities in Southeast Asia, and these new timings will allow us to better serve those markets to Wellington. These new connections provide a great opportunity to increase the number of inbound visitors to Wellington, while the shorter turnaround in Wellington will further assist in improving efficiency of the service.”

Singapore Airlines will work with customers whose domestic connections in New Zealand are affected by the re-timing.

“It is normal practice to continually monitor and review any new route we launch and make changes where necessary,” Mr Turcotte said.  “We will continue working closely with our key stakeholders to develop and grow the route through promotion of the service and Wellington as a destination. As the first airline to operate the Singapore-Canberra-Wellington route, there have been a number of learnings that we have taken out of the first 10 months of operation. These learnings have resulted in our decision to re-time the flights.

“We will continue to monitor the performance of the operation and if required make further adjustments where necessary.”

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Air New Zealand passengers have a thing for roast chicken, Cookie Time and Kiwi wine and movies, research from the airline has shown. 

Of the more than six million "New Zealand-inspired" meals served across the airline's global network over the past 12 months, more than half a million (530,000) were the roast chicken dish, the airline said. 

More specifically, roast chicken with tarragon cream sauce, roasted kumara and garden vegetables.

When it comes to snacking though, most passengers prefer sweet over savoury. 

Some 5.8 million Cookie Time cookies were served on domestic flights over the same period, compared with just 1.8 million savoury snacks. Customers also chomped their way through more than 14.5 million of the airline's signature lollies. 

The complimentary New Zealand wine also went down well, with cabin crew pouring almost eight million glasses. Beer proved less popular, with 476,000 cans served. 

Passengers are also keen on Kiwi entertainment - Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople was watched more than 177,000 times on flights over the past year, making it the most viewed film. 

Disney animated blockbuster Moana earned the highest number of views per month - 39,000 to be exact. 

Adele's Hello was the most listened to song onboard with around 5000 hits a month and kids worked their way through 142,000 activity packs.

The airline's Airpoints members cashed in their Airpoints Dollars to take nearly 895,000 flights. 

Source: Stuff.co.nz


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