HomeG20 SummitAustraliaNew ZealandFiji中 文Home/ New ZealandNew Zealand to use Boeing 787-9 on China flightsUpdated:2014-11-22 08:29By Wang Wen (China Daily)Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallAir New Zealand will use new Boeing 7879 Dreamliners on its daily direct flight between Shanghai and Auckland beginning in December. Photo provided to China DailyAir New Zealand, the worlds first buyer of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, chose China to be the newest aircrafts first Asian destination to serve the companys growing market here.
A black aircraft bearing the New Zealand fern and koru – the airlines logo – landed at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on Nov 5 following its inaugural flight from Auckland, and it will be used on the daily direct Shanghai-to-Auckland service beginning in December.
The carrier will receive 10 Boeing 787-9 jetliners over four years, and the new fleet will cover all the daily flights between Shanghai and Auckland in the next two to three years.
“With tourism arrivals from China to New Zealand continuing to accelerate, Air New Zealands decision to bring this new aircraft to China is a reflection of the importance of this market to Air New Zealand,” said Nick Judd, the airlines general manager in China.
The increasing number of Chinese travelers going to New Zealand provides a solid market base for the airline.
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says that 228,000 Chinese travelers visited the country in 2013, and the number is expected to double by 2019.
“The China market continues to evolve at a rapid pace,” said Chris Roberts, chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand.
He said 100 million Chinese will travel overseas this year, and that number is expected to double to 200 million by 2020.
“We need to keep thinking about who we are targeting in China and in emerging markets because every other destination is also eyeing these big prizes,” Roberts said.
Chinas huge outbound tourism market attracts the entire tourism industry in New Zealand, and as the countrys national carrier, Air New Zealand also keeps investing in the China market, besides the new aircraft.
Air New Zealand entered the market in 2006 and operates flights from Shanghai and Hong Kong to 25 domestic destinations in New Zealand.
The carrier trained almost 100 Chinese flight attendants in New Zealand, and 80 percent of the flight attendants on the flights from Shanghai to Auckland are Chinese.
The Chinese flight attendants, who understand both Chinese and New Zealand culture, can provide service to Chinese passengers without language and culture barriers.
The carrier also sponsored the Chinese TV show Dad, Where Are We Going? in 2014 and benefited from the popularity of the show.
“It has generated money … and awareness of destination New Zealand and is driving sales for Air New Zealands direct service,” said Judd.
wangwen@chinadaily.com.cn8.03KRelated StoriesLi congratulates John Key on reelection as New Zealands PM 2014-09-22 19:48Chinese FM calls on New Zealand to strengthen common interests 2014-09-05 21:22New Zealand to open consulate in Chengdu 2014-07-31 21:24Chinese crazy for New Zealands visa program 2014-07-09 11:35ScheduleChinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 9th G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, and pay state visits to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.BackgroundG20 in focusInfographic:China-New Zealand tradeMajor events in China-Fiji relationsMajor events in Sino-New Zealand relationsAnimal gifts smooth diplomatic relationsMoreBig TalkVisa changes for Chinese unlock opportunities: NZ tourism chiefMayor: Sustainable, quality growth for allRising diversity in Australia-China tradeChina-Australia FTA gives shining example for Europe: MerkelMoreOpinionStreet talkFormer Australian FM hails new level in Sino-Australian tiesFTA will benefit Asia-Pacific region at largeMorePrevious VisitsPresident Xi attends SCO summit, visits four nationsPresident Xi visits MongoliaMore…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 20100000002731      

By 多哈


邮箱地址不会被公开。 必填项已用*标注

5 − 2 =