• Joe Breitfeller

Air New Zealand Launches Inaugural Service From Auckland to Seoul-Incheon

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

On Saturday, Air New Zealand launched their inaugural flight from Auckland International Airport to Seoul-Incheon. The new route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.


Air New Zealand Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

Air New Zealand announced on Saturday the launch of their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service from Auckland International Airport to Seoul-Incheon. The Inaugural flight, NZ75, departed Auckland just before 12:30PM (local time) carrying Air New Zealand’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff McDowall among the passengers. The Auckland-Seoul route will connect 40,000 Koreans living in New Zealand with their homeland while making it easier for Koreans wishing to explore Aotearoa (the indigenous Māori name for New Zealand). In Saturday’s announcement, Mr. McDowall said,


“Inbound leisure travel from South Korea to New Zealand has grown significantly in recent years and we expect the number of visitors from the south Korean market to grow further, presenting a significant tourism growth opportunity for the New Zealand economy. With a population of more than 10 million residents, Seoul is a dynamic mix of outdoor adventure, contemporary urban life, historically rich temples and a lively nightlife – we’re certain Kiwis will be keen to check out this new Asian destination.”


The Auckland-Seoul route has a northbound flight time of 12 hours and a southbound flight time of 11 hours. Air New Zealand has 13 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in their fleet which are configured with 18 Business Premier, 21 Premium Economy and 263 Economy seats.



Source: Air New Zealand