Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight between Auckland and Seoul took off from Auckland International Airport on Saturday.
Flight NZ75 departed just before 12.30pm and wasexpected to land in Seoul around 7.50pm local time.
Air New Zealand acting chief executive officer Jeff McDowall, who travelled on the inaugural service, says the operational launch of the airline’s Auckland-Seoul service will be an important link for connecting the 40,000 Koreans living in New Zealand back home, as well as a making it easier for Korean visitors wanting to explore Aotearoa.
"Inbound leisure travel from South Korea to New Zealand has grown significantly in recent years and we expect the numbers of visitors from the South Korean market to grow further, presenting a significant tourism growth opportunity for the New Zealand economy.
"With a population of more than 10 million residents, Seoul is a dynamic mix of outdoor adventure, contemporary urban life, historically rich temples and a lively nightlife – we’re certain Kiwis will be keen to check out this new Asian destination."
With a flight time of 12 hours northbound and just over 11 hours southbound, Air New Zealand’s direct Auckland-Seoul service, operated by its Boeing 787-9 aircraft, will depart Auckland on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.