• The best business class on Sydney-Christchurch flights

    Qantas, Virgin Australia and Emirates offer travellers business class on non-stop flights between Sydney and Christchurch – but which option is best for the business traveller and the hip pocket? As it stands, having a fully-flat bed, direct aisle access and an inflight cocktail bar can ac...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2017 15 Comments

  • Qantas boosts flights to Christchurch, Singapore, Manila

    IN BRIEF | Qantas will ramp up flights to Christchurch later this year as part of a trans-Tasman push. Flights between Brisbane and Christchurch will move to a daily service as of October 30, up from the current three days a week. A daily Melbourne-Christchurch service will start from December ...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2016 22 Comments

  • Chateau on the Park Christchurch joins DoubleTree by Hilton family

    Hilton is expanding its reach across New Zealand with the Chateau on the Park Christchurch hotel joining the DoubleTree by Hilton brand from September 1 2016 as Hilton Worldwide's first property in the South Island's largest city. That’s when members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program w...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2016 3 Comments

  • Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel debuts in 2017

    New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport will feature new on-site lodgings from late next year with the opening of the Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel. With construction kicking off in May 2016, the 200-room property will reside directly next to the international terminal and is being designe...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2016 3 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to fly Perth-Christchurch with Boeing 787-9

    Virgin Australia partner Air New Zealand will fly its next-gen Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Perth to Christchurch when summer returns to Australia, marking the airline’s first Boeing 787 passenger flight to NZ’s South Island. Plying the seasonal route from December 9 2016 to April 29...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2016 11 Comments

  • Priority Pass expands lounge network in Christchurch, Queenstown

    Independent airport lounge scheme Priority Pass is boosting its presence in the region, signing up new lounges at Christchurch and Queenstown airports in New Zealand. The Manaia Lounge awaits in Christchurch’s international terminal, located beyond security and passport control near Gate 2...

    POSTED 28 Jan, 2016 10 Comments

  • China Airlines to launch Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch flights

    SkyTeam alliance member and Taiwan flag carrier China Airlines will boost its Australian network later this year with the launch of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Taipei, complemented also by new trans-Tasman flights between Melbourne and Christchurch. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2015 10 Comments

  • China Airlines to resume seasonal Sydney-Christchurch flights

    Taiwanese flag carrier and SkyTeam member China Airlines will recommence its Sydney-Christchurch flights after a successful ‘trial run’ across the ditch this past summer. Stretching to almost five months, the services will run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in each direction betwee...

    POSTED 18 May, 2015 2 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Auckland flights in July

    Qantas will run an extra 21 return flights across the Tasman to cater for strong demand over the mid-year peak school holiday period. Between July 3 and 19, an extra six return flights will run between Sydney and Auckland (QF181/180), with an additional one-way service on July 5. Brisbane also ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • Qantas boosts trans-Tasman flights in December, January

    Qantas will run an extra 21 return flights across the Tasman in December and January to cater for strong demand over the peak Christmas and New Year holiday period. Between December 17 and 27, an extra five return flights will run between Sydney and Auckland (QF180/189), with three additional ro...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2014 3 Comments

  • More Perth-Christchurch flights from Air New Zealand

    Virgin Australia partner Air New Zealand is sufficiently chuffed with the success of its seasonal non-stop service between Christchurch and Perth to lock in the route's return at the end of this year. Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said the debut season, which ends in late ...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2014 1 Comment

  • Qantas beefs up Hong Kong, Brisbane-Los Angeles and NZ flights

    Qantas will add another 'Airbus A380 day' onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route and boost the Brisbane-Los Angeles service to a daily Boeing 747-400 as part of a revamp of its international network. From November 4 the superjumbo will appear on Monday's Sydney-Hong Kong (QF127/128) flights, in additio...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2013 18 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand launch direct Perth-Christchurch flights

    Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will begin a twice-weekly direct flight between Perth and Christchurch beginning in December this year. The service is slated to run until late April 2014, across what the airlines term as a five-month "peak demand period". Air New Zealand will ope...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2013 2 Comments

  • Pay your way into Air New Zealand's Australian, NZ airport lounges

    Flying in economy or premium economy with Air New Zealand (or one of the many that use its lounges), but still want to use the Koru or international business class lounges in NZ, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane? Hand over some cash and the answer will be "right this way, please", under a new schem...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2012 10 Comments

  • Novotel & Ibis Christchurch hotels to reopen within the year

    Two of Christchurch's largest hotels will reopen within the year following damage from the 2011 earthquake in New Zealand's South Island's largest city. The Novotel Christchurch will reopen in April 2013, pipped to the post by lower-cost sibiling Ibis Christchurch, which will accept guests from ...

    POSTED 18 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • Emirates' business class to New Zealand on sale until 20 Feb

    IN BRIEF | Heading across the Tasman? Emirates has a five-day New Zealand flight sale on offer, so move quickly: the deal is valid until 20 February for flights up to 30 November 2012. The Middle Eastern airline extends four of its Dubai-Australia flights across the Tasman, serving Auckland from...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • A new concept in regional airport lounges: Air NZ Koru Express

    Air New Zealand's new Koru Express lounge in Christchurch seems ideal for the business traveller on a regional flight -- somewhere to pop in, have a drink, grab a quick bite to eat, check email and then head out to the plane. But what strikes us about the idea is how quickly and easily the idea ...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2012 6 Comments

  • Earthquake shuts Christchurch airport, diverts flights

    UPDATE | Christchurch Airport has re-opened but many flights are understandably delayed and cancelled – travellers are advised to check with their airline for further details. PREVIOUS | Christchurch Airport has been evacuated and incoming flights diverted following a large earthquake...

    POSTED 23 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand adds new ATR planes for regional NZ flights

    Business travellers in regional New Zealand can look forward to a smoother ride as Air New Zealand beefs up its regional Air New Zealand Link fleet with new ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The Kiwi flag-carrier has placed an initial order of seven ATR 72-600s with an option to buy five ...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to get long-haul seats and service on AU-NZ flights

    Flying across the Tasman to New Zealand from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland or Christchurch? Choose your flights carefully and you could fly in a more comfortable seat, snooze on a fully flat bed, get some work done with full inflight power points and space to unfold your laptop, or ...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2011 8 Comments

  • Qantas extends Next-Generation Checkin to New Zealand

    Qantas will introduce Next-generation Checkin to New Zealand airports by year's end, and is also looking to extend the service to the USA, beginning with the mega-hub of Los Angeles. The award-winning self-service checkin system will go live at Sydney and Melbourne international airports, along ...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

  • NZ SNOW: Air New Zealand, Jetstar waive ticket change fees

    With further snow and ice in New Zealand -- especially at airports that don't usually expect it like Auckland and Wellington -- there are flights cancelled, delays and disruption. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are both waiving fees to rebook tickets for passengers who have experienced cancellation...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Jetstar adds New Zealand flights in September and October

    Business travellers jetting around New Zealand this spring will have the option of extra Jetstar flights as the low-cost carrier puts on extra services before, during and after the Rugby World Cup. The flights will run between 15 September and 9 October. That's good news for passengers heading t...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand announce trans-Tasman relaunch details

    Virgin Australia's joint venture partnership agreement with Air New Zealand will take full flight from November, with the first changes being seen by passengers in just over a month -- and some aren't improvements from the traveller's perspective. The changes are, in brief: a new frequent fly...

    POSTED 16 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Christchurch Airport opens new terminal with more services

    Christchurch airport has opened its new terminal building to passengers, with more space, new shops and food vendors, and a much improved general look and feel. Australian Business Traveller got a sneak peek at the upgraded terminal in Christchurch last week before it opened, and it's a vast imp...

    POSTED 10 May, 2011 0 Comments

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