Qantas has said it will implement a multi-million dollar
investment in its New Zealand domestic product from November 2007.Qantas Regional General Manager New Zealand Grant Lilly said the product enhancements being
introduced over the coming months would see a more targeted focus on the business traveller.
“With these changes, which will be implemented progressively from next month, Qantas will bring its
Cityflyer brand to the New Zealand market.
“Cityflyer is being tailored for the specific needs of our New Zealand business travellers, and will
operate on the major business routes of Auckland-Wellington, Auckland-Christchurch and Wellington-
Mr Lilly said the enhancements being offered under Cityflyer would include:
new options to make the airport process faster and easier - online check-in and Qantas
QuickCheck self-serve kiosks;
- complimentary morning newspapers;
- a free bar service from 4pm on weekdays; and
- an enhanced food offering, with the addition of substantial café-style meal items, the introduction
of fresh fruit and new food and beverage equipment.
Mr Lilly said that in addition to the Cityflyer enhancements, Qantas would also:
- invest $3 million to upgrade its domestic Qantas Club lounges in Auckland, Christchurch and
Wellington, including new fittings and furnishings, with work to be completed by April 2008;
- progressively refresh the cabins on its B737 domestic fleet, introducing new seat fabrics, curtains
and carpets specially designed by world renowned industrial designer and Qantas Creative
Director Marc Newson; and
- introduce a fifth aircraft to the New Zealand domestic fleet in 2008, taking the fleet to five B737s.
Mr Lilly said the additional aircraft would enable Qantas to reintroduce services between Christchurch
and Wellington, providing greater schedule flexibility and reliability and allowing Qantas to improve its
He said New Zealand passengers could expect a greatly enhanced travel experience when flying
“The move to online check-in being introduced next month will allow domestic passengers to check-in
for their flight via the internet at qantas.co.nz before travelling to the airport.
“The service allows customers to check-in for same day return flights, choose their preferred seat and
print their own boarding passes before heading to the airport and makes moving through the airport a
much faster process.
“Using online check-in, customers who are travelling with only carry-on baggage can head straight to
their departure gate, while passengers with baggage to check-in need simply stop at one of our bag
drop counters before going to their boarding gate,” he said.
Mr Lilly said Qantas QuickCheck self-service kiosks would be installed at Auckland, Christchurch and
Wellington domestic terminals by February 2008.
“QuickCheck allows passengers to check-in for flights, select their seat and print their own boarding
pass in under 60 seconds.
“Passengers without baggage can then proceed straight to their departure gate, and passengers with
bags to check-in simply proceed to a bag drop counter.”
“The changes reinforce Qantas’ commitment to the New Zealand market.”