Air New Zealand is launching a travel agent webinar to promote the company’s new Explorer Pass fare product.
The webinar will take place Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT. To register visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/479521210
The Explorer Pass is designed to encourage visitors to New Zealand to explore more of the region by making travel within New Zealand and around the South Pacific easier and more flexible, the company reports.
The Air New Zealand Explorer Pass is only available to residents of U.S. and Canada when purchased in conjunction with Air New Zealand long-haul fares that originate outside of New Zealand, Australia or the South Pacific Islands.
Date and routing changes or additions can be made for a nominal fee, even if the passenger is already traveling.
Passengers can choose from 27 destinations within New Zealand, seven Australian gateways, and nine South Pacific island destinations including Tahiti, The Cook Islands and Fiji.
Each destination sits within four price zones. Zone pricing is set from $79, $109, $199* and $269, excluding any government/airport taxes/surcharges applicable to the Tasman and Pacific Island sectors.
"The number of inbound visitors from the United States shows a positive growth trend. In recognition of this and the fact customers may want to experience a range of destinations, Air New Zealand has introduced the Explorer Pass," says Air New Zealand's Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Norm Thompson.
"As the prime carrier operating between New Zealand and North America we are committed to offering our passengers affordable and convenient air travel with greater connectivity," says Mr Thompson.
Last month Air New Zealand announced it will move to 16 return services per week on the popular Los Angeles - Auckland route during the peak Northern winter period of mid December through February, including three flights on Thursdays and Sundays and double daily services every other day of the week.
The airline also recently moved to daily services between San Francisco and Auckland. Capacity is also being increased on the Vancouver - Auckland route with an increase from three return services per week to six over the peak January travel period.
These schedule changes will see a total increase in capacity from North America to New Zealand by 8.7 per cent over the Northern Winter period.
"Over the past 12 months we have continued to add more capacity into this market," says Vice President, The Americas at Air New Zealand, Chris Myers. "This reflects Air New Zealand's commitment to expanding our North American footprint."