While Air New Zealand is a Star Alliance member airline and Cathay Pacific a Oneworld member airline, Air New Zealand is pleased to announce Cathay Pacific has stepped up to aid the carrier in operating the Hong Kong-Auckland return service for the next couple of months.
Air New Zealand couldn't be more pleased as this would greatly minimize disruptions for its customers booked on the route during the busy summer travel season in the Southern Hemisphere.
From January 6 to January 19, 2020, Cathay Pacific will deploy an additional Airbus A350-900 plane on the Auckland-Hong Kong route. The Hong Kong-based carrier will operate the route using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from February 1 until March 28, 2020. Service will run daily in the month of February and 5X weekly in March. Both state-of-the-art aircraft offers three cabin classes: Business, Premium Economy and Economy.
Air New Zealand passengers who are affected by the change shouldn't be too mad. After all, Cathay Pacific is among the world's top 10 airlines. What's more, the carrier has recently enhanced its inflight entertainment offering, inflight menu for long-haul Economy travelers as well as its long-haul Business and First Class offering.
For those who don't already know, Air New Zealand has been making changes to its international schedule due to issues pertaining to the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Case in point, Air New Zeland has had to suspend its 2X weekly seasonal Christchurch-Perth service, cancel its second daily Auckland-Perth service from December 10, 2019 until January 5, 2020 and 20 other international flight cancellations between December 10, 2019 to January 2, 2020.