Air New Zealand is increasing its capacity between Auckland and North American destinations, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. The move comes in response to Qantas’s recent announcement that they would withdraw from the Los Angeles to Auckland route, effective May 6, 2012.

The airline will move from twelve to fourteen return services per week on theLos Angeles-Aucklandroute starting mid June, including three flights on Saturdays and a twice daily service most other days of the week. The additiona Los Angeles services will be operated with a combination of 304 seat Boeing 777-200 and 332 seat Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

AirNew Zealandwill deploy its 379 seat Boeing 747-400 aircraft on theSan Francisco-Auckland route, operating the service five times per week from April and moving to a daily service during peak demand periods.

TheVancouver-Auckland route will move to five services per week over the peak December – February period using Boeing 777-200 aircraft.  Previously this route has operated between two and four times a week depending on seasonal demand.

Seats on the additional flights are now on sale and Air New Zealand is able to add further capacity into North America if there is sufficient demand.

Did you know: 58% of U.S. leisure travelers to New Zealand visit Australia on the same trip?

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