Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will begin seasonal non-stop flights between the Western Australian capital, Perth, and the New Zealand city of Christchurch from December 2013.
The flights, the first direct flights between the two cities in nearly 20 years, will operate through April 2014. The December to April period is summer/fall in the southern hemisphere.
The flights will be operated two times a week by Air New Zealand and use a Boeing 767 aircraft. Virgin Australia will codeshare on the flights.