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Try Quantas or Air New Zealand but there are many more like Lan Air (used to be LanChile). One way may cost you more than doing what's called an open jaw. Fly into one city (AKL) and out of another (SYD). It usually doesn't cost anymore. A good TA can find you the best price available.

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Sydney/Auckland is a very popular run with many flights per day and there is lots of competition on the run , popular times excepted .

As above Air NZ , Qantas are the main ones but there are several others that use Sydney and Ak as a hub, eg Emirates,Thai Airways,Singapore Airlines,Cathay Pacific,Freedom,Air Tahiti, so it will pay to shop around .

Many also code share,so it may pay to look into adding it to your return ticket as a one way fare can sometimes be as much as a return.

You may also find that the airport taxes and fees are sometimes as much as the cost of the flight.

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I agree with all the previous posts, but I will add a couple of points that you need to be aware of:

 

1. The Taxes and levies (as mentioned by David) are not consistently included by the airlines in their quotes. Very important to make sure you are comparing apples with apples.

 

2. Whilst "crossing the ditch" may not seem far (esp compared with LA/SYD) it is still worth noting that it is a 3 hour flight and there is a two hour time difference = 5+ hours. So depending on your schedule you need to determine what departure time best suits. Often the so called discount flights are at unsocial hours. In any event do NOT plan to fly the day of cruise departure. Auckland embarkation can be horrific, and even worse if it rains as it did for us in Jan 2005.:(

 

3. There is a great discrepancy between the aircraft that the various airlines use. Air NZ and Thai use B747s and Emirates B777s which are both good wide bodied planes designed for international travel. (The Aust/NZ bit is the last leg of an international flight from Europe via Asia.) Other airlines use smaller planes. Qantas is OK with their B767 which is a dual aisle plane but legroom not as good as B747/B777). Freedom and others fly B737s - great domestic planes (supposed to be the most popular aircraft in the skys) but they are just a shuttle. Unless you are in Business class things can be a bit squeezy. :eek: The other issue here is baggage allowance.

 

I tend to fly Qantas to Auckland and Emirates back to Aust mainly because of the flight schedules and the aircraft + the deals

 

You may care to go to www.webjet.com.au which is an Australian web based TA. You can on line get comparisons on the various flights etc.

 

hopes this all helps

 

cheers

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1. The Taxes and levies (as mentioned by David) are not consistently included by the airlines in their quotes. Very important to make sure you are comparing apples with apples.

 

Good point Flipper. The taxes vary from airport to airport and some discount air lines then add them on as an extra .Make sure when booking with your TA or on the Internet that the price quoted includes all taxes.

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3. There is a great discrepancy between the aircraft that the various airlines use. Air NZ and Thai use B747s and Emirates B777s which are both good wide bodied planes designed for international travel. (The Aust/NZ bit is the last leg of an international flight from Europe via Asia.) Other airlines use smaller planes. Qantas is OK with their B767 which is a dual aisle plane but legroom not as good as B747/B777). Freedom and others fly B737s - great domestic planes (supposed to be the most popular aircraft in the skys) but they are just a shuttle. Unless you are in Business class things can be a bit squeezy. :eek:
A word of warning about Emirates 777s. In economy class, these are configured 3-4-3, ie 10-abreast. Almost all other major airlines have their 777s configured 9-abreast, either 3-3-3 or 2-5-2 (or, in one case, 3-4-2).

 

The result: EK 777s are a terrible squeeze. They are worse than economy in a standard configuration 737, which usually has the same seat width as economy in a 767 - in fact, the 737 cabin has the same width and layout as the 757 and the venerable 707 in which we all used to fly around the world.

 

Personally, I would pay a significant amount of extra money not to fly on an EK 777, even on a flight as short as three hours.

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