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Air New Zealand axes Beijing for Shanghai, aims for daily service

By David Flynn     Filed under: Shanghai, China, Air New Zealand, Air China, Beijing

IN BRIEF | Air New Zealand will axe all flights between Auckland and Beijing mid-year, in favour of boosting flights to Shanghai.

The airline today revealed plans to close the twice-weekly direct service to the Chinese capital as of June 30.

The move will allow Air NZ to take its Auckland-Shanghai service to five days per week, with the aim of starting daily flights by March 2013, according to the NZ flag-carrier's International Airline Group General Manager, Christopher Luxon.

"We will focus our marketing and sales resources on the Shanghai region of around 14 million people as we seek to provide customers a daily service to and from this important gateway in China" Luxon said. "We are confident of the potential for long-term growth from one of China's most modern and populous cities."

Luxon attests that Air NZ still considers Beijing "an important and growing market", albeit one which will now be served via a codeshare Shanghai-Beijing flights with Star Alliance code-share partner Air China.


About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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1 on 29/3/12 by airtraveladdict

well thats a good decision, Beijing is the capital city but everybody knows Shanghai is the real centre of China.


2 on 31/3/12 by skyhawk

While Beijing may have been profitable, Shanghai is likely to do better. With the air services agreement between NZ and China only allowing each country 7 weekly flights, the change makes sense. The next, and only way to further increase capacity if needed, is to jump to the 77W

3 on 31/3/12 by Al

Agreed, Shanghai is the place to be for business these days, it's the commercial centre of China.


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