Delegates travelling to Adelaide from New Zealand will shortly be able to fly on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner after Air New Zealand announced the introduction of the aircraft on the Auckland-Adelaide route from October 2017.

The Air New Zealand announcement will help to cater for soaring visitor numbers from New Zealand into Adelaide with the introduction of the state of the art aircraft to increase capacity by up to 23 percent over the peak season (26 October 2017 – 25 March 2018). It will also see the airline offer Business Premier™ and Premium Economy™ on this route for the first time.

Air New Zealand will now operate a combination of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320 aircraft between Auckland and Adelaide over the peak season.

These changes complement the investment Air New Zealand has been making on the ground including improving the check-in experience for customers.

Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said Adelaide’s increasing international connectivity will help make the city more attractive to conference organisers.

“The Air New Zealand announcement is well timed with additional capacity on flights coming shortly after the completion of the Centre’s $400 million expansion,” said Mr Gilbert.

“South Australia and New Zealand enjoy strong economic and cultural ties and this announcement will further strengthen this important relationship.”

Image: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner