Air New Zealand forecasts 6% capacity growth in Tasman/Pacific Islands with deployment of A321neos

    Air New Zealand outlined (28-Feb-2019) the following capacity outlook:

    • H2FY2018/2019:
      • Domestic: ~+3% year-on-year;
        • Trunk growth in H2 reflects increased services into Dunedin and Queenstown;
        • Regional growth driven by additional services to Palmerston North and Tauranga, and growth in regional routes to/from Christchurch;
      • Tasman and Pacific Islands: ~+6%;
        • Deployment of A321neo aircraft;
        • Additional Tasman frequency driving growth following the end of the Virgin Australia alliance;
        • Rationalising Pacific Islands capacity growth on Honolulu, Bali Denpasar and Apia routes;
      • International: ~+4%;
        • Driven by new Taiwan and Chicago routes;
        • Second bank of frequencies on Auckland-Singapore route from the end of Mar-2019;
        • Offset by reduced operations to San Francisco and Los Angeles;
    • FY2018/2019:
      • Domestic: ~+3%;
      • Tasman and Pacific Islands: ~+6%;
      • International: ~+4%.