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Air New Zealand Dreamliner touches down in Adelaide

South Australia’s first scheduled Dreamliner service arrived in Adelaide today, opening new opportunities for business and tourism.

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight will operate three times per week between Auckland and Adelaide. The addition of these flights to the recent introduction of new international carriers has seen South Australia’s international seat numbers increase by 67 per cent, since April 2011.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has capacity for 302 passengers, compared to 168 on the Airbus A320, and offers Business Premier and Premium Economy, which are not currently available on the Auckland to Adelaide A320 service.

Air New Zealand operates between four and six flights per week between Auckland and Adelaide. The Dreamliner will now be used for three of these flights, adding approximately 400 seats per week, an increase of 25 per cent.

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said today’s inaugural service between Auckland and Adelaide is another milestone for this remarkable aircraft.

“Our Boeing 787-9 fleet has proven to be popular with customers with our distinctive inflight products and features such as lower cabin altitude, higher humidity and larger windows which all contribute to a feeling of spaciousness and wellbeing,” said Mr Wallace.

“Deploying the aircraft on this route allows us to enhance the inflight experience for customers travelling between New Zealand and South Australia.”

Adelaide Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young said the introduction of the Dreamliner increases capacity, and offers Business and Premium Economy on this important route that also links with the US west coast.

“The Dreamliner offers the first wide body cargo capacity between the two cities to facilitate exports directly across the Tasman. It follows similar recent upgauging of aircraft by other international airlines flying to Adelaide from other ports,” said Mr Young.

Image Caption: The Air New Zealand Dreamliner service will create new opportunities for South Australia’s economy.

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