Wheels Up - Exciting New Flight Routes

20 May 2015

Each month around the world airlines introduce exciting new destinations. This month we take a look at new flights with Rex, 787 updates for Air Canada and China Southern, as well as the end to Qantas turboprop operations in Perth and rumours of new North American destinations with Air New Zealand.

Air NZ To Vancouver

Air New Zealand has announced an increase in frequencies between Auckland and Vancouver to daily flights during the busy northern winter season in 2015/16. From December 21 this year, until January 31 next year, a three-class 777-200ER will conduct the service. It will be the first time Air New Zealand has operated daily flights to Vancouver.

 Kiwis will be able to fly to Vancouver more often. Picture: Getty Images

Air Canada 787s To Korea

Air Canada is taking delivery of more Boeing 787 aircraft, with Vancouver to Seoul in South Korea announced as the latest Air Canada 787 route. Other Dreamliner routes include Vancouver to Shanghai and Tokyo Narita.

There is no word yet from Air Canada if Australia is on the 787 list. Voted best airline in North America for the past five years, the carrier operates a daily Boeing 777 flight between Sydney and Vancouver.

Rex To Mount Isa

Regional Express (Rex) is expanding its North Queensland operations, flying four times a week between Cairns and Mount Isa commencing May 25. In a commitment to North Queensland, Rex has based three aircraft in Cairns and announced a new crew base for the city. It has also recently acquired a Townsville-based engineering firm. Flights will depart Cairns in the morning and return in the evening, making day trips possible.


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Perth Turboprop End

QantasLink withdrew its last Q400 turboprop aircraft from Perth on March 24 as part of a planned network and fleet change. All Qantas flights to and from Perth will now use jet-powered aircraft.

Regional flights will use Qantas's 717s or Network Aviation’s Fokker 100s. Network Aviation runs a charter and fly-in, fly-out mining service and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas.

China Southern 787

China Southern becomes the fourth 787 operator into Perth Airport in April. It's also the airline’s first 787 service to an Australian airport.

China Southern will operate four flights a week from July 16 between its hub in Guangzhou and Perth. Currently the carrier has three flights a week and is the only carrier flying direct between Perth and mainland China. Other 787 operators to Perth include Thai Airways International, Air New Zealand and Scoot.

 China Southern will add Perth to its 787 flights from Guangzhou (above). Picture: Getty

Air NZ Expansion

Air New Zealand has recently commenced non-stop flights between Auckland and Singapore in conjunction with fellow Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines, with connections to South-East Asia and beyond. Further expansion into North America has also been flagged by the airline, with Las Vegas, Houston and Chicago under consideration based on further Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries. Currently Air New Zealand serves Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

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Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!