Air New Zealand is set to up flight frequencies on two of its North America services starting next year.

From January to July 2018, the airline plans to grow its Auckland-Vancouver route by close to 20 per cent, beginning with moving its service from seven to eight weekly services during the first half of January.

Air New Zealand currently operates a fluctuating frequency throughout the January to July period, with frequencies changing month by month. In 2018, however, each period is set to get additional services.

For example, its five weekly flights in February will move up to daily, while its four weekly services in March and April will be increased to five during this period. May until mid-June will see the airline’s three weekly flights get bumped up to four.

“We recognise how popular Canada is as a winter destination for Kiwis,” said the airline’s chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace. “We also see the value in increasing services to New Zealand for Canadian tourists, allowing them to escape the winter and enjoy a chance to experience our beautiful summer and the tranquillity of New Zealand through the shoulder season.”

From April to October next year, however, the airline also expects to add some 60,000 additional seats to its Auckland-Honolulu route – an increase of 75 per cent on 2017. This will come in the form of an increase to daily flights throughout this period, and nine weekly services during July.

While the majority of the Honolulu flights throughout this time will be flown by the carrier’s B787-9 Dreamliners (the airline recently confirmed the aircraft would also be deployed to Houston this December), this is expected to change to a B777-200 in July and September. The route features Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch, premium economy and Business Premier products.

“Air New Zealand has increased its services to Honolulu to offer customers even more flexibility as well as a greater number of premium seats during the peak periods by deploying our Boeing 777-200,” Wallace added.