Air New Zealand: year-round Boeing 787 Adelaide-Auckland flights

Air New Zealand: year-round Boeing 787 Adelaide-Auckland flights

UPDATE | Air New Zealand will fly its Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Adelaide year-round following a seasonal stint this summer.

With the Adelaide-Auckland Dreamliner flights originally slated to end on March 25 2018 – reverting to an all-economy Airbus A320 – that means Adelaide flyers can continue to book travel in business class and premium economy throughout the year.

AirNZ's Boeing 787 departs Adelaide at 11:40am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as flight NZ192, reaching Auckland at 6:30pm local time on the same calendar day.

Out of Auckland, NZ191 is wheels-up at 8:15am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays ahead of a 10:45am touchdown in Adelaide.

However, the airline's all-economy Airbus A320 jet will continue appearing in Adelaide's skies during peak periods throughout 2018 to provide up to two additional flights per week, departing both cities on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Those flights will be NZ791 out of Auckland and NZ792 from Adelaide, so passengers hoping to fly on the Dreamliner should seek out the Boeing 787 flights above instead.

PREVIOUS, March 15 2017 | Air New Zealand will begin flying its Boeing 787-9 between Adelaide and Auckland from 26 October 2017.

The Dreamliner will fly three days a week – on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – as NZ191/192.

Air New Zealand
Most of AirNZ's Dreamliners will carry this white-and-black colour scheme
Air New Zealand

NZ192 departs Adelaide at 11.55am to reach Auckland at 6.25pm, with NZ191 wheels-up from Auckland at 8.35am and arriving into Adelaide at 10.40am.

During the peak season from 16 December 2017 to 27 January 2018 this will be supplemented by a less glamorous Airbus A320, following roughly the same timetable as the Boeing 787-9 but on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday as flights NZ791/792.

Of course, if your schedule allows it makes far more sense to fly on the Dreamliner.

You not only get a quiet, modern jet with clever tech to combat inflight fatigue – welcome even on this relatively short 4-5 hour jaunt – but the Boeing 787-9 sports both business class (below) and premium economy seats, unlike the all-economy layout of the Airbus A320.

In related news, Air New Zealand expects to cut the ribbon on its all-new lounge at Melbourne Airport's international terminal by May, which will cheer the mood of travellers who've been putting up with the temporary lounge since late last year.

The lounge will complete the airline's trans-Tasman lounge network, which has seen swish business class lounges open in SydneyBrisbane and Auckland, and will share the same modern design as its siblings.

Once open, the Melbourne lounge will see a trio of premium lounges on Australia's east coast bookending the popular trans-Tasman corridor to Auckland, which attracts more traffic than any other international route.

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.


  • downdata


    15 Mar, 2017 01:28 pm

    Ok thats weird. Why is NZ flying a 9000mi ranged plane on a 2000mi sector
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  • ajstubbs


    15 Mar, 2017 01:48 pm

    They already fly it sporadically to the east coast and regularly to Perth...
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  • Chris_PER


    15 Mar, 2017 02:17 pm

    The only aircraft they fly to Perth...up to double daily in peak season.
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  • Packetman21


    15 Mar, 2017 02:12 pm

    There must be enough demand for it.
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  • StudiodeKadent


    15 Mar, 2017 05:06 pm

    Presumably the demand for seats, and for premium seats, outstrips what an NZ A321 can provide?
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  • readosunnycoast


    30 Nov, 2017 11:08 am

    Most likely because they have a spare 12 hours three days a week for that aircraft type and so they can use that to sell genuine Business and PE to USA from ADL
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  • TomCharlie


    15 Mar, 2017 01:34 pm

    I think it's great. Finally Adelaide is getting some proper attention from NZ.
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  • gardermoen


    15 Mar, 2017 01:38 pm

    I would have thought that a  year round daily Airbus 320 would be better suited, giving much more flexibility to the market.  
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  • henrus


    15 Mar, 2017 07:57 pm

    Yeh I was going to mention that or add additional routes to Christchurch, Queenstown or Wellington.

    Which ever way you look at it... It's a benefit but I'd like to see NZ strike a deal to use the SQ lounge
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  • keips


    15 Mar, 2017 01:47 pm

    This is great news for Adelaide customers wanting to fly business or premium all the way to North America! Previously had to fly economy Adelaide to Auckland.
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  • devilish


    15 Mar, 2017 02:05 pm

    Fantastic news for Adelaide.
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  • kiwiwings


    15 Mar, 2017 02:39 pm

    Fantastic! I flew Adelaide via MEL to get the widebody as it seemed preferable to 5hrs on the A320. Bonus you can upgrade now though! Much prefer this than hopping via MEL. 
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  • afloskar


    15 Mar, 2017 03:04 pm

    Great few days for Adelaide! Qatar released details yesterday that they will increase DOH-ADL to daily from 2nd December 2017.
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  • Scott Wilson


    15 Mar, 2017 03:16 pm

    Perfect timing to feed into the NZ flights to/from the US.  NZ sensing opportunity beyond the Tasman, particularly to win some premium traffic ADL-USA.  Of course the 787 will shortly be NZ's smallest wide-body as the last 767 disappears in a few weeks.
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  • NZFlyer


    15 Mar, 2017 07:04 pm

    This is great news! I fly regularly to New Zealand from Adelaide and this route has been underserved for a long time. I thought it would go to A321 or get a few extra flights a week over the peak period, but the 787-9 is a bonus.
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  • abudhabi1


    16 Mar, 2017 07:27 pm

    I think it's a great move that NZ are doing this.I recall on my last trip to New Zealand which was ex Adelaide on the outbound I had to put up with the A320 which was awful in 2012.I recall on my second trip there getting the Ansett domestic flight to Melbourne which funnily enough was on an A320 to connect with the wide body 767 which was end of 1998 going into the first day of 1999 when I arrived just after Midnight into Auckland.I think for a lot of you and it saddens me to say this that a lot of you won't step on an Air New Zealand plane all because of what they did to drive Ansett out of Business almost sixteen years ago.
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  • smit0847


    29 Nov, 2017 10:57 pm

    I guess there's sufficient premium demand from ADL to the Americas that it makes sense for NZ to offer a 3 cabin service all the way but agree with others it's seems odd to make a 3 weekly 787 instead of a daily A320...
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  • skystar


    1 Dec, 2017 05:51 pm

    The economics must have worked for them as you have some premuim end pax and the 787s are fuel efficient.Air NZ seem to think they can make the 787 work for relatively short sectors but Joyce ruled out the 787 for domestic services.
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  • cavemanzk


    3 Dec, 2017 06:57 pm

    NZ is lucky we're they get to balance the cost of the aircraft out by using the off-peak period for long-haul to shuttle them across the tasman, otherwise would of been parked up at AKL for 12hours. So effectictely reducing ownership costs to gain an short-haul fleet of widebodys.
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  • Patricka340


    4 Dec, 2017 07:49 pm

    A >3.5 hour Tasman trip has very different economics to the likes of a <1 hour MEL-SYD flight
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