Air NZ boosts ca­pac­ity and ser­vices to Tonga

Fiji Sun - - Business -

Air ca­pac­ity into Tonga has in­creased with Air New Zealand’s Boe­ing 777-200 touch­ing down in the king­dom for the first time on Fri­day, sig­nalling the start a weekly ser­vice. Matangi Tonga re­ports the 312 seat air­craft will fly the Nuku’alo­faAuck­land route in­creas­ing seat ca­pac­ity by 33 per­cent as well as cargo up­lift close to 40 per­cent. Pre­vi­ously the route had been ser­viced by the Boe­ing 767-300. Air NZ Chief Sales and Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer Cam Wal­lace said the in­tro­duc­tion of the air­craft was good news for both cus­tomers and ex­porters.

Mr Wal­lace said as well as in­creas­ing seat ca­pac­ity, Air NZ is also able to en­hance the in-flight ex­pe­ri­ence by in­tro­duc­ing prod­ucts like Busi­ness Premier, Premium Econ­omy and the Econ­omy Sky­couch on the route for the first time.

Air NZ cur­rently op­er­ates six ser­vices per week be­tween Nuku’alofa and Auck­land, five by the 168-seat Air­bus A320 air­craft, while the sixth is now op­er­ated by the Boe­ing 777-200.

The ser­vice comes af­ter a ma­jor up­grade of fa­cil­i­ties was ini­ti­ated in Tonga with ap­prox­i­mately US$28m worth of World Bank fund­ing.

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