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Air New Zealand To Be The First Foreign Airlines Resumes Service To Shanghai From June 22

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Following the recent announcement of the “Adjustment of International Passenger Flights” issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Air New Zealand officially announced that it will resume the Auckland-Shanghai passenger route starting this month as the first batch of foreign airlines to be permitted to re-fly to Shanghai. The first 787-9 Dreamliner to perform a return flight will depart from Auckland at 11:00 local time on June 22, and arrive in Shanghai at 7:15 the next morning.

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Air New Zealand B787

Air New Zealand restarts passenger services on the Sino-New-Zeland route to alleviate the urgent travel needs of Chinese and overseas business passengers stranded overseas.


The specific flight schedule is as follows:
Flight No.ScheduleOriginDepartureDestinationArrival
NZ289MondayAuckland23:00Shanghai07:15(+1)
NZ288WednesdayShanghai14:15Auckland05:45(+1)

Air New Zealand Resumes Weekly Service To Shanghai, China Following CAAC “5-1” Rules

At present, the alert level of New Zealand has been adjusted to the lowest level at level 1.

In this case, Air New Zealand has resumed flight operations to 20 domestic destinations on June 8, and will also increase the capacity of domestic flights from July or August, and plans to adjust to 55% of the capacity before the outbreak.

Although the operation of the international route network still takes a long time to get on track, the resumption of service to China will undoubtedly strengthen the airline’s confidence.



In order to ensure the health of all passengers and crew, Air New Zealand has strengthened the cleaning and disinfection of airports, VIP lounges and cabins; disinfectant hand sanitizers are provided at airports, check-in counters and aircraft; protective tool kits are provided on flights, medical gloves, disposable masks and other protective items; all headphones, pillowcases and blankets will be fully disinfected before and after use; the 787-9 Dreamliner flying the Shanghai route uses an advanced air filtration system, which not only purifies the air but also has the function of filtering viruses.

During the reduction and even suspension of passenger flights caused by the pandemic, Air New Zealand adjusted its operating strategy in a timely and flexible manner, using its global route network to help pandemic prevention through cargo services, while also ensuring trade interchange between the world.

2 Comments

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  1. DFG

    June 16, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    In fact, by accepting inbound passengers now, segregating charges for half a month is also a way to maintain economic development.

    • Pudong Over Daxing

      June 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Cousin, what you said makes sense. I also think that Shanghai’s load capacity is almost saturated. But the problem is that CAAC does not have the ability to guide. For foreign airlines, they will only choose the most profitable route for them to resume. Beijing’s first entry point policy plus the current rebound, airline company is definitely not willing to fly to Beijing, and the only destination is Shanghai.

      In addition, they must be more inclined to choose cities with guarantee capabilities, or even have their own bases, so DL, AF, KL as ST members can only fly PVG, SU side gave up flying CAN from the beginning of the five and PEK, it is impossible to change them now. So little Shanghai had to help Beijing to carry it.

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Emirates To Restart Flight To Muscat & Entebbe, Boosting Its Network To 94 Cities

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Emirates is planning to restart services to Entebbe, Uganda and Muscat, Oman from 1st & 2nd October respectively, this will bring the total number of cities served by Emirates to 94.

Emirates is gradually resuming more operations and rebuilding its route network to provide more transfer opportunities.


From 1st October, Emirates will operate flights to Entebbe with three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The addition of Entebbe expands Emirates’ African network to 20 destinations, enabling passengers to connect to other destinations with one transfer stop at the airline’s hub in Dubai.

Emirates flight EK 729 will depart Dubai at 1030hrs, arriving in Entebbe at 1500hrs. The return flight, EK 730, will depart Entebbe at 1700hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2325hrs.


From 2nd October, flights from Dubai to Muscat will operate twice a week on Sundays and Fridays.

Emirates flight EK 866 will depart Dubai at 0215hrs, arriving in Muscat at 0330hrs. The return flight, EK 867, will depart Muscat at 0440hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0555hrs.

Flights operated to both cities will be operated by Emirates Boeing 777- 300ER aircraft.

Currently, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.


Emirates has also committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of charge, if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are on a trip with Emirates.

This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 December 2020. The assurance is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey.

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