Air New Zealand alliance partner Cathay Pacific will take over operations of the Hong Kong-Auckland return service for
most of the next three months.
The move allows Air New Zealand capacity flexibility in its international operations as it deals with the impact of
issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Cathay Pacific will introduce an additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the Auckland-Hong Kong route from 6 January to
19 January 2020. The 280-seat aircraft will operate daily and has Business, Premium Economy and Economy seating
available for customers.
Cathay Pacific will also operate a Boeing 777-300ER on the same route from 1 February until 28 March 2020. The 294-seat
aircraft also has Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins and will operate daily in February and five times a week
in March. Customers booked to travel with Air New Zealand on this route during these two periods will be automatically
transferred to these services for both periods.
Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Care and Communications Doug Grant says the airline is working hard to minimise
the impact to customers over the summer months.
“The Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-300ER are modern aircraft of a similar high standard to our Air New
Zealand fleet, so we know customers will receive the high level of service Cathay Pacific is known for.
“This aircraft capacity will help fill the gaps in our schedule to get people to their destinations in the coming weeks
and it’s been beneficial to have our alliance partner Cathay Pacific step in and assist us at this busy time.”
The Cathay Pacific operated services will depart Auckland at 11:45am in January (11:40am in February and March),
arriving in Hong Kong at 6:00pm. The flight from Hong Kong will depart at 6:25pm, arriving in Auckland at 10:25am in
January (10:20am in February and March) local time.
Air New Zealand will directly contact customers affected by these changes in the coming week. Customers booked via a
travel agent (including online travel agents) will be contacted by their booking agent. The latest information will also
be published on the Travel Alerts
section of the Air New Zealand website and customers are encouraged to check this, before calling the airline’s contact
centre. Customers are also welcome to directly message the airline through its social media channels
The airline announced last month it will be making some international changes to its schedule as a result of issues
impacting some of its Rolls-Royce engines. This includes the suspension of its twice-weekly seasonal Christchurch-Perth
service, cancelling its second daily Auckland-Perth service from 10 December 2019 until 5 January and 20 other
international cancellations from 10 December-2 January.
Rolls-Royce requires operators of its Trent 1000 TEN model engines to carry out more frequent maintenance due to an
issue with the engine’s high-pressure turbine blades. Rolls-Royce does not have any replacement engines available while
maintenance work is undertaken and has advised Air New Zealand there’s significant wait for repair services.
The Cathay Pacific operated services are as follows:
Date Aircraft Frequency 6–19 JanAirbus A350-900 DailyFebruary Boeing 777-300ER Daily March Boeing 777-300ERFive times a week
Air New Zealand aircraft will operate the Hong Kong-Auckland route between 20 January and 31 January.