Air New Zealand (ANZ) plans to increase its flight frequencies to North America starting April 2013.
The Star Alliance member will add two weekly frequencies on flights from Auckland to San Francisco and Los Angeles, says ANZ. Following the increase in flights, the carrier will operate a daily service to San Francisco and a twice daily service to Los Angeles.
The additional capacity will replace more than 75% of seats lost on services to the state of California in the USA, after Qantas Airways withdrew from the Auckland-Los Angeles route in May, says the airline.
The carrier will also increase the frequency of its Auckland-Vancouver service from twice to thrice weekly, with a seasonal increase to five times weekly during the period from mid-December to end-February.
"This is a huge boost for the visitor economy from North America and offers additional opportunities for New Zealand exporters," says deputy chief executive Norm Thompson.
ANZ expects capacity to further increase beyond July 2013 in the near term.
Schedules in Innovata show that ANZ operates Boeing 747-400 on flights to San Francisco and 777s on flights to Los Angeles and Vancouver.