Changes to Perth schedule for direct services to Christchurch and Auckland

Air New Zealand have been required to amend schedules and aircraft across our network due to the global issue impacting the maintenance schedule of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine. In order to provide greater schedule certainty for customers and trade partners, we have made changes to Perth-Auckland and Perth-Christchurch services that impact travel through to 31 March, 2019.

Overview of the most recent changes to services from Perth:

NZ176 (PER-AKL)   Selected flights changed from 789 to 772 Boeing lease aircraft
  NZ178 (PER-AKL)   Equip change from 789 to 772 Boeing lease aircraft
  NZ162 (PER-CHC)   Equip change from 789 to 772 Boeing lease aircraft, 7 and 10 Dec cancelled

Equipment codes:

Equipment Code in GDS Equipment description Equipment Aircraft Operating 
772 77S^ 777-200ER 777-200 lease from Boeing
(Business, Economy)
789 789 (original config)
78N (extended Premium cabin config)
787-9 Dreamliner Air NZ Dreamliner
(Business, Premium Economy, Economy)
772 772 777-200 Air NZ 777-200
(Business, Premium Economy, Economy)

Lease aircraft

772^ Boeing lease aircraft will be operated by Air New Zealand pilots and cabin crew. Crew will serve Air New Zealand’s renowned kiwi meals and beverages on board. Please note, there is no Premium Economy cabin or Skycouch available on board this aircraft (click the link below for re-accommodation details).

The following Perth-Christchurch and Perth-Auckland services will be operated by Air New Zealand with the 772^ lease aircraft:

 Date Route Flight # Equip change
  13, 20 Dec 2018
   3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan 2019
PER AKL NZ176 789 to 772^
   All flights, Dec 18-Mar 19 PER AKL NZ178 789 to 772^
   All flights, Dec 18-Mar 19 PER CHC NZ162 789 to 772^

Please refer to your GDS for further details.

Once these flights are updated in the GDS the following will be reflected regarding the applicable services:

  • An SSR will be generated to all existing GDS bookings, this will read ‘OPERATED BY AIR NZ USING LEASE AIRCRAFT’.
  • Please note the aircraft will show as 772 in the GDS. No specific indicator will appear for the lease aircraft as it will be registered as an Air New Zealand aircraft.

These changes to schedule will be progressively rolled out over the coming days.

This press release was sourced from Air New Zealand on 13-Sep-2018.