The airfares go on sale today and the airline will include Economy Class and Business Class cabins.
The announcement comes in response to high passenger numbers for the 2012 season, particularly during the school holiday periods, and clear demand for a second season.
A Boeing 767-300 aircraft will operate twice weekly non-stop Auckland – Denpasar services for from 1 June to 15 October. This is three weeks longer than the 2012 season, again reflecting demand.
Air New Zealand Group General Manager Australasia Bruce Parton says New Zealanders have jumped at the opportunity to get to Bali and figures for this winter show a 38% increase in Kiwis travelling to the island compared with the 2011 winter.
“Our direct service to Denpasar is a hassle free and considerably quicker alternative to options offered by other carriers, which often involve lengthy layovers and total journey times ranging anywhere from 14 to 24 hours.”
“More than a third of our seats to Bali for the 2012 season sold within the first week so we’re expecting them to be incredibly popular once again” Parton says.
Air New Zealand will again offer its flexible ‘Seats to Suit’ fare structure so customers have the choice of paying for Seat, Seat + Bag, The Works or Works Deluxe, depending on their individual needs and budgets.
The inaugural 2013 flight will depart on Saturday 1st June subject to regulatory approvals.