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Air NZ launches $29 'Night Rider' flights

Published: 2:35PM Friday October 19, 2012 Source: ONE News

Air New Zealand is launching a new daily late night flight, charging $29 between Auckland and Wellington.

The Night Rider service will leave from both Auckland and Wellington at 10pm every night Sunday-Friday.

The new service will add the equivalent of around 100,000 seats a year between the two cities.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe announced the new services in Wellington today.

Fyfe said the additional flights will not only help to meet growing demand on the Auckland to Wellington route but will further stimulate tourism in the two cities.

"We expect the Night Rider services to be a massive hit with our customers. There has never been a service like this in the market before with fares for an entire plane priced at $29.

"Customers will now be able to fly between Auckland and Wellington for less than the cost of a third of a tank of petrol for the average family car," he said.

But Fyfe said there are a few restrictions to note.

"The late night flights will skip our usual in-flight drink and snack service and passengers travelling on these fares are not eligible for Koru Lounge entry prior to departure.

"Night Rider services cannot be booked as part of a through fare domestically or internationally and are not available to unaccompanied minors. Services may not operate on key public holidays," said Fyfe.

On Saturdays Night Rider will depart Auckland for Wellington at 9pm, with the return leg departing Wellington at 10.30pm.

$29 'Seat' fares are available on every seat on the 133 seat Boeing 737 aircraft or 'Seat Bag' for $39 one way.

The first services will depart on Monday November 5.