Air New Zealand to Halt Hong Kong-London Flights

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  1. sobore
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    Air New Zealand Ltd. AIR.NZ -0.83% said Monday it is halting flights from Hong Kong to London from March 2013 amid losses on the competitive route, underscoring continued weakness in demand for long-haul business travel.

    New Zealand's flag carrier has been operating the service since 2006 as a continuation of its flight from Auckland to Hong Kong, complementing the airline's flights to London from its Auckland hub via Los Angeles.

    Though the travel times between Auckland and London are roughly the same on both routes at between 25 and 27 hours, customers flying via Los Angeles must clear immigration formalities as required under U.S. law, an unnecessary hassle during a Hong Kong layover.

    The decision to cancel the service was made because the airline doesn't expect the route to turn profitable in the foreseeable future, Chief Executive Rob Fyfe in a statement. He noted that the move will result in the elimination of around 70 London-based flight attendant positions, though he said the airline plans to redeploy additional capacity on its more popular U.S. flights.

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    There goes the Round the World on Air New Zee.

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