Air NZ pledges no increase to LA-Auckland fares

Departing Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe

Price hikes feared on the Los Angeles-Auckland route may not eventuate since Qantas pulled out of the route last week.

Air New Zealand has no immediate plans to raise fares and the delivery of more efficient aircraft to the market next year will increase the competition on North American routes.

A spokeswoman for the national carrier says there was no plans to raise fares and capacity on the route would be increased as a result of Qantas’ announcement.

“Air New Zealand currently operates 12 direct services per week between Auckland and Los Angeles utilising Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

“Air New Zealand plans to add further capacity on the route as a result of Thursday’s announcement, meaning even more everyday low fares will be available. Grabaseat will continue to also offer great deals to LA on a regular basis,” the spokeswoman says.

While the average fare was likely to increase with a reduction in the frequency of cheap fares offered per flight it would not make sense for individual fare levels to be increased, Eagle Aviation Consulting’s director David Lanham says. 

The delivery of Boeing’s 787-Dreamliners will bring a lot more competition to North American routes, Mr Lanham says.

“There’s a gaping hole in the market for Jetstar, they’ve taken the opportunity to fly non-stop to Singapore and that’s a fantastic strategy they’ve unveiled. Feeding Kiwis into their Singapore hub throughout Asia so I wouldn’t be surprised ultimately if Jetstar come onto the route,” Mr Lanham says.

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Why not? The travelling public takes advantage of the over supply of seats!

I'm rolling in my grave.


Why not? The travelling public takes advantage of the over supply of seats!

I'm rolling in my grave.


That title heading makes a great Tui billboard.

Air NZ pledges no increase to LA-Auckland fares...yeah right!


A great Tui billboard indeed. How else is pink shirt going to pay himself more bonuses while shrinking the airline further. Hurry up Jetstar!!!


Typical response from a bunch of un-patriotic shallow thinking kiwis.
For the un-informed, Although Air NZ is not even a pimple on the backside of the aviation world competing with super carriers like Emirates, Cathay, China Southern, Singapore Air,etc, who order new heavy Boeings in the 100's, with backing from oil rich nations. They have won best airline in the world 2 years in a row at the annual ATW awards which is equal to the oscars, And for good reason.
The product they offer is far superior to any other, and the price for that product is commensurate, from business thru economy, Maybe if a few more kiwis got behind our SMALL national carrier, It will continue to survive against the likes of these mega carriers who are soon to take over the world.
Quote "Cheaper more enjoyable options", from above. Here's a news flash for you, you get what you pay for. Anonymous obvious likes being treated like cattle in a cattle class airline?
People are more than happy now to pay a little extra for quality and comfort and feel pride for their national airline.
I applaud Air NZ for being innovative in this current climate.
P.S Jetstar is a subsidiary of Qantas so if you want to back foreign carriers?


They don't need to increase fares because they are already over priced and uncompetitive.
Discerning travellers will quickly sort out the cheaper more enjoyable options


Get it in writing for a thousand years.
Once Air NZ had a monopoly on the Dunedin run it MILKED IT. It became one of the most expensive local flights globally.
Today thousands of Scarfies have qualified as doctors, lawyers and CAs and none of them will fly with Air NZ because of the way they screwed them and their parents.
Lesson learnt?
I doubt it......


i agree, we are a country without the population and money to compete against such giants, and the giants are coming.
Against the 1000's of other airlines in the world, Air NZ came out #1.
Let's buy kiwi made.


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