Seasonal jets to fly Queenstown-Chch route

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Air New Zealand plans to run seasonal jet services between Queenstown and Christchurch.

Its ATR turboprops – the only scheduled planes running the route – are unreliable in poor weather because they’re not fitted with required navigation performance (RNP) technology. 

Mountain Scene the airline intends placing a Boeing 737 on stand-by to minimise frequent flight disruptions. 

An Air NZ spokesperson yesterday said the airline’s “moved to operate more seasonal jet services between these two destinations”. Air NZ’s jets are all RNP-equipped.