The China Southern plane will carry passengers daily from the Chinese city of Guangzhou to Auckland. Boeing 787 dreamliner is the first commercial plane to fly to New Zealand. The plane has just landed at Auckland International Airport.
According to Auckland Aiport general manager of aeronautical commercials Glen Wedlock, the decision to use the Dreamliner on the Auckland route was taken after a growth was sought in Chinese passengers' arrivals.
Also, the daily arrival of the new aircraft provides an outlook about Chinese air travel in the future. It specially provides a snapshot of their relationship with the Guangdong region as an Asian hub for New Zealand aviation.
Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain was of the view that when it comes to the New Zealand's second largest tourism market, it's China.
As per forecasts, arrivals from China are expected to become more than double over the next five years to 450,000. As per figures, over 236,000 Chinese visited New Zealand in the last 12 months to September 2013.
Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain said, "New Zealand has had a thriving relationship with China Southern Airlines since they entered the New Zealand market in April 2011. Today's arrival of the Dreamliner is a testament to their continued commitment to New Zealand".