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Air New Zealand begins Guangzhou cargo flights

written by Adam Thorn | February 4, 2021
Air New Zealand 787-9, ZK-NZK msn 43217, before it departs to repatriate Samoans in Australia
Air New Zealand 787-9, ZK-NZK msn 43217, before it departs Sydney to repatriate Samoans in Australia (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand is operating three return cargo services to Guangzhou this week to support imports and exports during the Chinese New Year peak.

The 787-9, ZK-NZE msn 34334, departed Auckland 6:49pm on 3 February as flight NZ1082 before landing in Christchurch at 9:04am. It then departed later that day at 4:05pm before arriving in Guangzhou, China, at 10:12pm local time.

From next week, Air New Zealand will operate two multi-stop services a week, also using its 787-9 fleet. The flights will carry goods such as PPE, electronics and other general cargo.

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The business’ general manager of cargo, Anna Palairet, said, “We’re really excited to be able to connect New Zealand businesses to Guangzhou and vice versa. We know it hasn’t been easy for exporters and importers so it’s great to be able to offer more connectivity.

“By offering a stop in Christchurch this will help more businesses get their cargo to China and ensure our partners in Guangzhou get the freshest, high-quality products New Zealand has to offer.”

On Thursday, Australian Aviation also reported how passenger flights between New Zealand and Hobart could resume next month for the first time in a generation.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has revealed his capital’s airport has almost completed its biosecurity and customs upgrades necessary to welcome international flights.

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“Out of all of the countries that are our close neighbours, the one that we have the strongest and most likely chance of having a travel bubble operating would be New Zealand,” Premier Gutwein said. “I think it’s important that we’ve taken the steps so we can play a part in that.”

Flights had been due to resume in January 2021 for the first time since 1996, but have been seemingly derailed by COVID outbreaks in both Australia and New Zealand.

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