Air New Zealand Hobbit Safety video and discontinuation of service HKG – LHR

Air New Zealand has these wacky and funny safety videos which get released all of the time. The latest one involves a Hobbit Safety video, themed after Lord of the Rings. It’s quite amusing and I suggest you take a look. I always wonder how they are approved though, I can’t see the U.S. government approving such a ludicrous thing.

Also in Air New Zealand news, they are discontinuing their HKG – LHR route, which is a continuation of a flight from Auckland to HKG. The last flights between HKG and LHR will be on March 3, 2013. Passengers will be accommodated on CX thereon.

I wouldn’t say this is a big loss for the market, they only operated the flights a few times a week and the route is really dominated by BA and CX. I’d say the worst part is that it’s the only non-stop between HKG and LHR on a Star Alliance carrier, so if you needed a redemption for a non-stop flight, this option is now gone after March 3, 2013. However, you can still try going through LH and LX if London is your final destination.

With Europe in such dire straits these days, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more routes being axed. Recently the Singapore – Newark/Los Angeles flights were announced they would cease soon too.

Hong Kong – London Re-accommodation Details

The last flights between Hong Kong and London will be as follows:

  • 3 March 2013 northbound Hong Kong to London; and
  • 3 March 2013 southbound London to Hong Kong
  • The last through flight originating in Auckland to London via Hong Kong will depart Auckland on 2 March 2013

The majority of customers currently ticketed to travel with Air New Zealand between Hong Kong and London after these last flights will be re-accommodated onto Cathay Pacific’s services between Hong Kong and London which depart within an hour of Air New Zealand’s existing service. Customers will be contacted by the agent that made their booking regards to their re-accommodation options and to reissue their tickets.

Un-ticketed customers should contact their booking agent to discuss alternative travel arrangements.

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