Each month around the world exciting new destinations are introduced. In this months Flight Guide we take a look at new flights to Argentina with Air New Zealand, Qantas Tokyo updates plus new year round Vancouver flights, Cathay's expansion to Germany and Virgin Australia's new Adelaide-Alice-Darwin run.
Air New Zealand to Argentina
Tango, steaks and malbac are more accessible to Australians thanks to Air New Zealand. A new three times weekly flight from Australia to Buenos Aires via Auckland commences December 2015 operated by a three-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft. With a flight time of approximately 12 hours from Auckland, the carrier will also code share with Aerolineas Argentinas to provide connections to Brazil.
Tokyo now a little closer
Qantas is set to retime the daily 747 flight from Sydney to Tokyo's Narita Airport after securing a prized slot at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Swapping to the closer airport of Haneda is a coup for business travellers with the closer proximity to the central business district. The new schedule commences from August.
Qantas to Vancouver
After recent success with seasonal flight during the busy Australian summer holiday period, Sydney to Vancouver flights with the flying kangaroo will return over two more set periods this year. 13 new additional flights are being added to the Canadian summer months June and July, as well as an additional 20 return services over the Australian summer period December and January 2016. All together an additional 33 return flights will be added to the city pair boosting tourism between the two countries.
More Germany for Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific is launching a new service between Hong Kong and Dusseldorf in Germany from 1 September 2015. The new service will feature on their new four-class 777-300ER. This will be the sixth destination in Germany behind Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart.
Red Centre milk run
Virgin Australia will begin service between Adelaide and Alice Springs with a continuing service onto Darwin from 30 March 2015. Bringing strong competition back to the red centre milk run route, the three weekly services are welcome news to the local business and tourism operators who will benefit from the increased passenger loads.
The flights will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday on the airline's Wi-Fi equipped 176 seat Boeing 737-800. A sign of Virgin's commitment to the new routes, the airline announced the soon to be launched Regional Lounge in both Darwin and Alice Springs. The lounge will be open to business class guests and eligible Velocity members before departure and other eligible ticket holders.