Utilising a 136 seat Boeing 737-300 in an economy class configuration, the once a week service will depart Auckland on Friday at 10pm and arrive into Niue at 1.40am the same day after crossing the international dateline. The return flight will depart Niue at 2.40am and arrive back into Auckland on Saturday at 6.40am after again crossing the international dateline.

"Air New Zealand has been flying to and from the Pacific Islands for more than 50 years and we are proud to now be able to include Niue in our Pacific Island network," says
Air New Zealand Group General Manager Marketing, Network and Sales Norm Thompson.

"With additional aircraft entering our fleet we now have some 737 capacity in which to operate this new service which will be an important link for Niue.

"Air New Zealand is committed to working with the Government of Niue to meet its objectives of fostering tourism and providing a regular air service between the two countries for the 20,000 Niueans living in New Zealand and Niue residents.

"Niue currently has limited tourism but we look forward to growing the country into a boutique tourism market."

Niue Premier Hon Young Vivian says the announcement is an important milestone for Niue.

"Air New Zealand's new service gives hope for my small nation, particularly with our drive towards economic prosperity and maintaining our link with our people abroad.

"With Polynesian Airlines canceling their services at the end of October, I am absolutely delighted with Air New Zealand's decision and we look forward to enjoying the services that Air New Zealand will provide."

Economy Class airfares between Auckland and Niue start from NZ$259 one way plus applicable taxes and levies.

Niue is Air New Zealand's newest destination and follows Air New Zealand's announcement this week that it will begin flying to Adelaide three times a week from 26 March 2006.

For more information about Niue, visit www.niueisland.com


Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs.
Phone Mark Street, Communications Manager Ph: 021 747 583

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