Cathay Pacific has agreed to take over
Air New Zealand's Hong Kong-Auckland return service
for most of the next three months.
The move allows Air New Zealand capacity
flexibility in its international operations as it deals with the
impact of issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9
Cathay Pacific will introduce an additional
Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the Auckland-Hong Kong route from 6
January to 19 January 2020. The 280-seat aircraft will operate
daily and has Business, Premium Economy and Economy seating
available for customers.
Cathay Pacific will also operate a Boeing
777-300ER on the same route from 1 February until 28 March 2020.
The 294-seat aircraft also has Business, Premium Economy and
Economy cabins and will operate daily in February and five times
week in March.
Customers booked to travel with Air New Zealand
on this route during these two periods will be automatically
transferred to these services for both periods.
The Cathay Pacific operated services will depart
Auckland at 11:45 in January (11:40 in February and March),
arriving in Hong Kong at 18:00. The flight from Hong Kong will
depart at 18:25, arriving in Auckland at 10:25 in January
(10:20 in February and March) local time.
Air New Zealand aircraft will operate the Hong
Kong-Auckland route between 20 January and 31 January.
Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Care and
Communications, Doug Grant, said, "The Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 and Boeing
777-300ER are modern aircraft of a similar high standard to our
Air New Zealand fleet, so we know customers will receive the high
level of service Cathay Pacific is known for. This aircraft
capacity will help fill the gaps in our schedule to get people to
their destinations in the coming weeks and it's been beneficial to
have our alliance partner Cathay Pacific step in and assist us at
this busy time."
The airline has previously announced that it
making some international changes to its schedule as a result of
issues impacting some of its Rolls-Royce engines.
the suspension of its twice-weekly seasonal Christchurch-Perth
service, cancelling its second daily Auckland-Perth service from
10 December 2019 until 5 January and 20 other international
cancellations from 10 December-2 January.
Rolls-Royce requires operators of its Trent 1000
TEN model engines to carry out more frequent maintenance due to an
issue with the engine's high-pressure turbine blades. Rolls-Royce
does not have any replacement engines available while maintenance
work is undertaken and has advised Air New Zealand there's
significant wait for repair services.
Air New Zealand,