Air New Zealand to launch Taipei flights

by James Wilkinson

Air New Zealand is set to launch a new direct service to Taipei beginning in November 2018.

Taipei will become the airline’s seventh destination in Asia, and is another strong addition to Air New Zealand’s focused strategy of connecting the Pacific Rim to New Zealand, according to CEO Christopher Luxon.

Luxon made the Taipei announcement at the airline’s half-yearly results where he reported a $323 million interim result and said Air New Zealand was on track for second highest profit in company history.

He also said 2018 was shaping up to be another exciting year of growth for Air New Zealand.

“We are thrilled with the performance of our network in the period,” he said. “The domestic market continues to show strength driven by the New Zealand economy as well as inbound tourism, and we will be increasing capacity approximately six percent across our regional and jet services to support that demand over the second half of the financial year.

“The Trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes have also responded strongly to additional wide-body services and targeted capacity increases.

“Finally, our alliance partnerships continue to drive value across our international long-haul network, and have been a key factor in our ability to effectively compete against much larger airlines,” Luxon said.