Air New Zealand Names New Regional General Manager, Launches New Tokyo Flights

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has appointed Liz Fraser to the position of regional general manager for the Americas. 

Fraser is the current Air New Zealand general manager of global sales operations and planning based in Auckland and has previously worked in a variety of sales roles in the New Zealand media industry.

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says he’s delighted to have someone with Fraser’s experience join the team in America.

“This role has responsibility for our teams in South America, Canada and United States, which are key areas of focus for our business as we seek to grow our western market,” said Wallace in a written release.

New Flights to Tokyo

As far as flight news goes, the carrier also recently announced the launch of new flights to Tokyo. The new Auckland-to-Tokyo flights take off on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from now through May of next year.

According to Business Traveller, the new flights involve the airline’s current B787-9 Dreamliner configuration and not its new one, which replaces overall capacity for an increase in premium seats.

The new Haneda route from Auckland joins Air New Zealand’s existing flights between Auckland and Osaka, which fly between October and March, and will bring the carrier’s annual capacity to Japan up by 15 percent, according to the Business Traveller report.

Business Traveller also reports an 8.5 percent spike in travelers from Japan to New Zealand from May of 2016 to May of this year. The numbers of New Zealand clients heading to Japan soared by 25 percent during that same period.


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