The increased schedule will take effect from 29 November 2005 and utilise Air New Zealand's new Boeing 777-200 aircraft which begin to arrive later this year.

Flying every day except Mondays, the service will depart Auckland at 7.00 pm arriving into San Francisco the same day at 10.15am. Flights from San Francisco will depart at 7.15pm and arrive into Auckland at 5.15am two days later, having crossed the international dateline.

"The San Francisco route has proven to be remarkably successful for both inbound and outbound travel since we introduced it in June last year," says Air New Zealand Group General Manager Marketing, Network and Sales Norm Thompson.

"Passengers have enjoyed the benefits of a third entry point into the USA and we have seen significant growth of tourists from the wider US West Coast region as a result.

"As a result of this success there is significant demand for greater frequency on this route and the introduction of our new 777 aircraft later in the year will enable us to meet that need."

The number of seats available on the route will increase by 62 per cent from 2,352 seats return per week up to 3,756.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft will feature Air New Zealand's new long-haul in flight product in a configuration of 26 Business Premier lie-flat beds, 18 Pacific Premium Economy Class seats and 269 seats in Pacific Economy.

It will make Air New Zealand the only airline to be offering premium economy seating on services to and from New Zealand.


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