Taipei Taoyuan welcomed Air New Zealand’s first flight from Auckland on 1 November. Flights will operate three times weekly on 787-9s. Among those celebrating the inaugural service were: Cam Wallace, Chief Revenue Officer, Air New Zealand (fourth from left); Dame Therese Walsh, Independent Director, Air New Zealand; Moira Turley, Director, New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office Director and Eric Lin, Chief Secretary, Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
- Air New Zealand launched its inaugural service between Auckland (AKL) and Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) on 1 November. The flag carrier will operate the 8,884-kilometre connection three times weekly using its 787-9s facing no direct competition. “We’re excited to offer our customers a direct link between New Zealand and Taipei. Demand for the three day a week service has been strong, particularly around the Chinese New Year period,” said Cam Wallace, Chief Revenue Officer, Air New Zealand. “New Zealand already welcomes around 42,000 visitors annually from the Taiwan market and we expect this number will grow further. With a flight time of just over 11 hours, we also expect Kiwis will be keen to check out this new Asian destination.”