Air New Zealand is launching a new daily Night
Rider service with every seat on the aircraft available at a fare
of NZ$29, for the last flight of the day between Auckland and
The new service will add the equivalent of
around 100,000 low cost seats per year between the two cities.
Flights will depart from both Auckland and
Wellington at 10pm every night Sunday-Friday. On Saturdays Night
Rider will depart Auckland for Wellington at 9pm, with the return
leg departing Wellington at 10:30pm.
NZ$29 ‘Seat’ fares are available on every seat
on the 133 seat Boeing 737 aircraft, or ‘Seat+Bag’ for NZ$39 one
The first Night Rider services will depart on
Monday, 5 November 2012.
“We expect the
Night Rider services to be a massive hit with our customers.
There has never been a service like this in the market before with
fares for an entire plane priced at $29. Customers will now be
able to fly between Auckland and Wellington for less than the cost
of a third of a tank of petrol for the average family car,” said
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Rob Fyfe. “The domestic market is critical to the success of
our business and the Night Rider flights are part of a wider
strategy to stimulate more people to fly. The strategy includes
the introduction of our popular standby fares on all domestic
services, significant reductions to lead-in fares on both main
city and regional routes and a substantial investment in new
aircraft for the domestic fleet.”
In order for the airline to offer such low fares,
there are a few restrictions.
“The late night flights will skip our usual inflight
drink and snack service, and passengers travelling on these fares
are not eligible for Koru Lounge entry prior to departure. Night
Rider services cannot be booked as part of a through fare
domestically or internationally and are not available to
unaccompanied minors. Services may not operate on key public
holidays,” Mr. Fyfe said.
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