16 MAY 2016
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Daily services to Auckland are being launched next winter by Hong Kong Airlines as the number of carriers serving New Zealand continues to grow.
The Chinese market is the fastest-growing for travel to the country and the airline is responding by operating a daily direct service from 10 November.
It will use a two-cabin Airbus A332 seating 283 passengers including 24 in Business Class. Seven new carriers have begun serving Auckand in the past year.
Chief commercial officer Li Dianchun said: “With the success of our service to Australia earlier this year, Hong Kong Airlines is more than delighted to announce this second long-haul service."
The number of Hong Kong and China travellers visiting New Zealand has shown a steady year-on-year increase, Hong Kong by 19.1% and China by 27.8%.
About 380,000 Chinese a year are now travelling to New Zealand and within two years are forecast to be the biggest spenders, ahead of the annual million-plus Australian visitors.
Hong Kong Airlines was established in 2006 and serves 30 destinations across Asia-Pacific.
Its current operating fleet is made up of 30 Airbus aircraft with an average age of around 3.5 years, consisting of 25 passenger aircraft and five freighters.
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