Air New Zealand returns to Hobart in 24 hours and boosts flights to Asia

Tasmanians, get ready for the return of international flights! Air New Zealand has announced it will resume non-stop services between Hobart and Auckland in October 2024, after pausing flights during the New Zealand winter.

The new seasonal service will run three times a week until March 2025.

Meanwhile, the airline announced that it will also resume its flights from Auckland to Seoul (South Korea) between October 2024 and March 2025 with a thrice-weekly service.

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Hobart airport

Elsewhere in Asia, New Zealand’s national carrier will increase capacity on flights from Auckland to Tokyo, Singapore and Taipei between November 2024 and March 2025.

Now that Air New Zealand has expanded its aircraft on these routes to the new and larger B777-300, the increase will also include more premium seats for added comfort.

Compared to the previous year, the airline will add 30,000 seats to flights to Tokyo (most of which are Business Premier and Premium Economy seats), 20,000 seats to Singapore services (including 11,000 Business Premier and Premium Economy seats) and 5,000 Business Premier and Premium seats . Economy seats to Taipei.

But it’s not all good news for Air NZ as the Kiwi airline also announces the extension of the pause on Chicago flights due to aircraft availability due to “ongoing engine issues”.

While Auckland-Chicago flights were due to resume in October 2024, the service has been postponed until approximately the second half of 2025.

Air New Zealand General Manager Long Haul Scott Carr said the extended break will allow the airline to resume flying to key destinations and ensure customers’ travel plans on other routes are not affected.

“Unfortunately, ongoing issues with the availability of Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines on our 787-9 aircraft means we were unable to return to our route to Chicago in October as expected,” he explained.

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An NZ B777

“We expect to return to Chicago when we receive our new 787 aircraft from Boeing, currently expected in the second half of 2025.

“In the coming days, our teams will be contacting customers directly with bookings on our Chicago route from October to share their options so they don’t have to proactively contact us. Those who booked through a travel agent should contact their travel agent to confirm changes to their itinerary.”

Carr added that there are still plenty of options for travelers to fly to the Illinois city via another U.S. port.

“Our premium cabins are incredibly popular with customers traveling to and from destinations such as Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei, so we are excited to introduce increased capacity from November to give those customers more seats to book trips,” he noted .

“We want to connect New Zealand to the world and these schedule changes ensure we can continue to do that.”

Last week Air NZ made the relaunch of the Cairns-Auckland service in a further boost for travel between Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier this month, the carrier revealed the latest ‘A Taste of Aotearoa’ inflight menu for long-haul passengers departing from NZ in Business Premier and Premium Economy.