Air New Zealand is swapping out its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for Boeing 777-200ERs for the majority of its seasonal Auckland-Osaka-Auckland flights this upcoming southern hemisphere summer.
Air New Zealand’s Osaka flights are running thrice weekly from Friday October 25, 2019, until Sunday, April 5, 2020, inclusive. The flights will head up to Osaka on Sundays, Wednesday, and Fridays.
The beginning and tail end of the seasonal flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The Dreamliners seat 302 passengers across three cabins – 263 in the economy cabin, 21 in premium economy, and 18 in business.
However, between Sunday December 29, 2019, and Friday March 27, 2020, inclusive, the flights will be operated by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. The 777 carries slightly more passengers with 246 in economy, 40 in premium economy, and 26 in business, making a possible total of 312 passengers.
Arriving into Osaka that evening, the aircraft will turn around and head back to Auckland overnight, arriving mid morning the following day.
The Air New Zealand Auckland-Osaka-Auckland seasonal timetable is as follows:
|Dep Auckland (AKL)||NZ0097||Su, We, Fr||11:55|
|Arr Osaka (KIX)||19:55|
|Dep Osaka (KIX)||Su, We, Fri||21:00|
|Arr Auckland (AKL)||10:35 (+1)|
The final Osaka seasonal flights will depart Auckland on Sunday, April 5, returning that evening.