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NEW FLIGHTS FROM AOTEAROA TO THE APPLE ISLE

For the first time in more than 20 years, Tasmania has welcomed direct flights from across the Tasman, with Air New Zealand launching a new direct service between Auckland and Hobart.

On 22 April, Air New Zealand commenced its twice-weekly service which will fly on Thursday and Sundays.

“It’s quite remarkable that there have been no direct international services between Tassie and New Zealand for more than 20-years,” said Sarah Bush, Co-Founder & Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“We’re delighted to see airlines adding new routes to their networks wherever they are in the world, and look forward to seeing our clients dust off their passports and travel again,” added Bush.

Prior to the COVID shocks, Tasmania welcomed 25,000 visitors per year from New Zealand. Expectations are high that these new direct services will increase arrivals significantly, boosted by the fact that there’s no requirement to transit any gateways on the Australian mainland.

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AIR NEW ZEALAND Turns 80

Since its first TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) flight to Sydney in 1940—a nine-hour journey using a Short S30 flying boat—Air New Zealand has connected Kiwis to the world.

Amid the COVID-chaos, this innovative airline is celebrating a very happy birthday.

“Air New Zealand’s 80th birthday is a remarkable milestone—a testament to the wayfaring spirit of our Kiwi friends. We share in their joy, and look forward to flying with them again. Here’s to another 80!”

Peter Hosper CEO of The Travel Authority Group

To commemorate 80 years of flying, the airline has released this lovely video.

“While this birthday sees the airline operating in some of the most extraordinary circumstances in its 80-year history, the heart and passion of our people remain as strong as it was on that historic first day of operation.”

Mike Tod, Air New Zealand’s Chief Marketing and Customer Officer

The airline says the 80th anniversary birthday is a time to reflect on milestones and thank New Zealanders for their continued support of the airline, which has been named best in the world on numerous occasions.

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BEDS IN ECONOMY? Air NZ’s Next Big Play

Air New Zealand has unveiled a ground-breaking, prototype lie-flat sleep product for economy class travellers.

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of research and development by the airline at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland.

The airline has now filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.

“We know it’s early days, but this is much more than a thought bubble from a customer suggestions box. Watch this very exciting space,” said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

So, how would it work?

“We see a future flying experience where an economy-class customer on long-haul flights would be able to book the Economy Skynest in addition to their Economy seat, get some quality rest and arrive at their destination ready to go,” said General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman.

Fast Facts

  • Each Economy Skynest can accommodate six sleeping pods.
  • Overall length of each sleeping pod will be in excess of 200cm.
  • Width at the shoulder area will be in excess of 58cm.

It is envisaged that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs, privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. The airline continues to explore other Skynest features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.

Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.

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SINGAPORE Changi Transit Program Extended

Singapore Airlines, in partnership with Changi Airport Group, has advised that the Changi Transit Program—now called Changi Transit Privileges—has been extended.

From now till 31 March 2020, eligible Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or Air New Zealand passengers will receive S$20 transit voucher to use towards your shopping, and save up to S$120 on shopping and dining during your transit in Changi Airport.

The shopping and dining discounts apply at Shilla Duty Free, WHSmith, Pashma, Luvenus Jewellery, Singapore Zoo souvenir, Sony store, Hudsons Coffee, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, and Tanuki Raw Express during your transit.

The Transit Voucher can also be redeemed for one-time access to the Ambassador Lounge at Terminal 2 or 3 for up to two hours. Lounge use includes shower facilities, free flow of non-alcoholic beverages, light refreshments, local & international reading materials and 10% discount for Alcoholic beverages.

Ambassador Lounge, Terminal 2.

Scroll down for some terms and conditions.

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Terms & Conditions
Passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines (SQ) and/or SilkAir (MI) ticketed and operated flights into and out of Singapore with 13 digits e-ticket numbers begin with 618, 629 or 086. This benefit will also be extended to passengers taking the following flight numbers: SQ4281, SQ4282, SQ4283, SQ4284, NZ281, NZ282, NZ283, NZ284, NZ295 or NZ296 (operated by Air New Zealand) and TR596 or TR597 (operated by Scoot). Passengers must be on transit in Changi Airport on both legs of their journey, which means Singapore is neither the point of origin nor the end destination. Transit passengers on one-way journey or ticket are not eligible. Transit means a layover at Changi Airport of not more than 24 hours. Passengers eligible for the transit rewards can proceed to the iShopChangi Collection Centres which are open 24 hours daily in the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3. Please present your passport, boarding passes and all e-tickets showing your full itinerary.

AIR NEW ZEALAND to Cease London Services

The Kiwi national carrier has made a strategic decision to redeploy aircraft capacity on faster-growing markets. The upshot is that, from October 2020, the airline’s Los Angeles-London (NZ1/2) service will cease to operate.

“Today Kiwis have more than twice the number of ways to fly to London than a decade ago and preferences have changed. Less than seven percent of all airline travellers between Auckland and London chose to fly via Los Angeles last year.”

Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand acting chief executive officer.

“At the same time, the Atlantic has become one of the most hotly contested routes in the world and Air New Zealand lacks the home market advantages and scale of the North American and European airlines we’re up against,” he added.

The news comes at the same time as the airline’s announcement of proposed year-round, non-stop 787-9 Dreamliner services between Auckland and New York also due to commence in October 2020.

The airline’s Auckland to Los Angeles services—up to 12 per week—will continue to operate.

From October 2020, Air New Zealand customers will be able to travel year-round between Auckland and London with partner airlines via 12 gateways in Asia and the Americas, including New York.

Air New Zealand’s Business Premier cabin.

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AIR NEW ZEALAND taking off for New York

Air New Zealand has announced that from October 2020 the airline will operate a year-round, non-stop thrice-weekly 787-9 Dreamliner service between Auckland and New York (Newark Liberty International Airport – EWR).

“The new service will provide Australian travellers with a great option to New York through Auckland where, in transit, they will remain in the same terminal. Not only that, but eligible passengers will be able to access Air New Zealand’s fabulous flagship lounge in Auckland,” says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

The inaugural flight will depart from Auckland on 29 October 2020, becoming the first ever non-stop air service between Australasia and New York.

The route is subject to final regulatory approvals and crewing agreements, and flight-time is expected to be 15 hours 40 minutes northbound, and 17 hours 40 minutes southbound.

“We know New York is a popular destination for Australians and we’re looking forward to offering a better way to fly from next October,” says Air New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff McDowall.

“Relaxing in Air New Zealand’s lounge in Auckland beats a US transit hands down. Then there’s our great long-haul service, which includes New Zealand wine and cuisine, lie flat beds in Business Premier, spacious Premium Economy seats and the innovative Economy Skycouch that’s perfect for families.”

Air New Zealand’s Economy Sky Couch.

Air New Zealand will operate its 787-9 ‘Code 2’ Dreamliner to New York. This aircraft has a 275-seat configuration with a higher proportion of Business Premier and Premium Economy seating.

The airline’s new Economy Stretch legroom product, and its innovative Economy Skycouch experience will be available on the Auckland-New York route.

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Exclusive Air New Zealand ‘Koru’ Offer

Our good friends at Air New Zealand have very kindly extended us an exclusive offer for our clients to join ‘Koru’, the airline’s Premium lounge and member benefit program.

Until the end of January, Air New Zealand will waive the joining fee of $255!

All you have to pay is the annual membership fee.

If you’re a frequent traveller across the Tasman or to North or South America, this is a great opportunity to make your journey more comfortable and seamless.

Air New Zealand Brisbane International Lounge

Koru membership benefits include:

  • Access to Air New Zealand Lounges and Partner Lounges
  • Access to complimentary frequent flyer seating
  • Priority boarding and priority checked baggage
  • Lounge access for one guest travelling with you
  • An additional checked bag (when travelling on a fare that includes a checked bag)

Learn more about Air New Zealand’s Koru program HERE.

But HURRY! This fantastic offer ends on 31 January 2019.

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INTRODUCING THE TAHITIAN DREAMLINER

Air Tahiti Nui has launched the ‘Tahitian Dreamliner’—a brand new aircraft to coincide with the airline’s 20th year of operations.

The new aircraft has initially been deployed on the Papeete-Auckland route. Travellers departing from Australia will fly on Qantas-operated Air Tahiti Nui flights across the Tasman, and board the Tahitian Dreamliner in Auckland for onward travel to Tahiti.

Trans-Tasman connections are also permitted on Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Jetstar in accordance with airfare rules. Please contact us for full details.

SERVICE FREQUENCY
Air Tahiti Nui operates three flights a week between Auckland and Papeete in Tahiti—Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, crossing the International Dateline in the process.

Papeete to Auckland services operate Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

AIRCRAFT CONFIGURATION
The airline’s Dreamliner is configured with three cabins:

  • Poerava Business Class
  • Moana Premium Economy
  • Moana Economy

POERAVA BUSINESS CLASS
Air Tahiti’s Poerava Business Class has been enhanced with the introduction of a 180-degree full-flat seat.

Designed to optimise space, the seat includes a wide range of storage areas, and is configured in five rows on a six-across (2-2-2) layout.

  • 60 inches of pitch
  • A fully flat 78 inches bed
  • Luxurious cushion and cover comfort system
  • Individual touch screen and remote control
  • Personal lighting and privacy divider.

Onboard business class amenities include a thick duvet, one large and comfortable pillow, and a luxury kit of accessories.

MOANA PREMIUM ECONOMY
The Tahitian Dreamliner features Air Tahiti Nui’s first premium economy seat and cabin.

The cabin offers a more comfortable flying experience with extra leg room and relaxation space in 32 seats configured in five rows in a seven-across
(2-3-2) layout.

  • 20.4 inches-wide seats
  • Pitch of 38 inches
  • Recline of 8 inches.

The onboard amenities include: a comfortable polar blanket, one big pillow and a complete kit of accessories.

MOANA ECONOMY
The two Moana Economy class cabins feature a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel.

Economy class seats are installed in a nine-across (3-3-3) configuration.

  • Pitch of 31 inches
  • Recline of 6 inches

The onboard amenities include: a comfortable polar blanket, one comfortable pillow and a complete kit of personal accessories.

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