In other news for business travellers, Air New Zealand beefs up its Houston service..
Domestic passengers rose 18.6% to a record 700,513 in February.
Air New Zealand is recommencing its three flights a week service to Osaka, Japan, in November 2016. It will use a B767-300 aircraft and operate until March 2017
The A380 flight is a one-off to mark the world's longest commercial airline journey.
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