Air New Zealand launching Auckland-Taipei flights

Air New Zealand launching Auckland-Taipei flights in November.
An Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Photo credit: Getty

Air New Zealand will start operating non-stop flights between Auckland and Taipei, Taiwan in November.

The airline says it'll fly between the cities up to five times a week with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The route's travel time is just over 11 hours, with flights scheduled to leave Auckland at 10:35am and 6:30pm.

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon says the Asian destination has a lot to offer Kiwi holidaymakers.

"Taipei is a culturally diverse city renowned for its food scene, lively night markets, traditional temples and busy shopping streets - all crowned by the Taipei 101 skyscraper that dominates the city's skyline," he says.

"Beyond Taipei there are nine national parks offering nature experiences and activities such as hiking and biking as well as beautiful beaches."

Mr Luxon adds that New Zealand already welcomes around 36,000 visitors a year from Taiwan, a number he expects to grow thanks to the new direct route.

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