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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (May 29, 2002 – New Zealand Herald/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji is among the beneficiaries of increased Air New Zealand flights as the airline strives to make money again.

Flights to Fiji from New Zealand will increase by one to eight a week, the New Zealand Herald reported as the airline announced its revamp plans.

Air New Zealand is dropping its domestic business class, domestic in-flight meals and 200 jobs as part of the revamp, the newspaper said.

Domestic fares will be reduced and online booking encouraged.

Some domestic service attendants may be re-employed for international short-haul flights, which the airline announced it would be increasing.

The number of weekly short-haul flights from Auckland to Sydney will increase by eight to 28, Auckland-Fiji flights will rise by one to eight, and the daily Christchurch-Sydney flight will be a Boeing 767 instead of the smaller 737.

There will also be extra long-haul flights from Auckland to the United States, Japan and Hong Kong over the next 18 months, the New Zealand Herald noted.

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