Cathay Pacific has announced plans to begin a seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch starting in December 2017.
The announcement was made as the airline extended its strategic alliance partnership with Air New Zealand through until 2022.
Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer Stephen Jones welcomes the extension of the alliance.
“Through our agreement with Cathay Pacific we have been able to stimulate travel between New Zealand and Hong Kong and importantly grow inbound tourism from this market with visitor numbers up by almost 130 percent since the alliance was first signed. By extending our alliance we hope to further grow these services and continue to deliver a range of benefits to the travelling public,” says Mr Jones.
Cathay Pacific Director of Corporate Development and IT Paul Loo spoke of the increased options for travelers.
“We are pleased to extend our alliance with Air New Zealand, which has allowed our two airlines to maximise synergies and better meet our customers’ needs. This includes providing them with increased travel options in addition to greater convenience.”
Cathay Pacific’s new non-stop service will operate three times per week from 1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using Airbus’ stunning new A350 aircraft.