Media Releases 2012

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December 2012
  • Dec
    20
    Air New Zealand/Cathay Pacific Strategic Agreement goes live

    The Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific strategic agreement becomes a reality today as the partners launch code share sales on each other’s services between Auckland and Hong Kong.

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  • Dec
    17
    Air New Zealand assists passengers affected by Cyclone Evan

    Air New Zealand has put a number of measures in place to assist both Samoan locals and tourists affected by Cyclone Evan over the weekend.

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  • Dec
    14
    Obama’s Digital Director to headline Air New Zealand social media event

    The Digital Director of President Obama's 2012 election campaign will headline Air New Zealand’s Social Media Breakfast early next year to share tips on harnessing the growing power of social media and insights fresh from the campaign trail.

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  • Dec
    14
    Four Great Walkers chosen for epic Kiwi adventure

    After an extensive global search four Great Walkers have been chosen to take on all of New Zealand’s famous nine Great Walks in just nine weeks.

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  • Dec
    12
    Heathrow Terminal 2: The New Home of Star Alliance

    Heathrow Airport allows all Star Alliance carriers to move under one roof.

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November 2012
  • Nov
    30
    Calin Rovinescu elected as new Chairman of the Star Alliance
    Chief Executive Board

    SHENZHEN, CHINA - November 30th, 2012 - Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Rob Fyfe, CEO Air New Zealand, who held the post for the last two years.

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  • Nov
    29
    Shenzhen Airlines Joins Star Alliance - Alliance Expands in China

    SHENZHEN, China - November 29th, 2012 - Shenzhen Airlines today became the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network. At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance, welcomed the airline into the family on behalf on the Alliance’s Chief Executive Board (CEB).

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  • Nov
    24
    Air New Zealand unveils stunning 777-300 aircraft inspired by
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, today unveiled its stunning 777-300 aircraft which is set to become a flying billboard for the soon-to-be-released movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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  • Nov
    23
    Air New Zealand reveals Hobbit-inspired 777-300 aircraft

    Live web streaming available to media - 10:30am (NZ time) Saturday, 24 November.

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  • Nov
    22
    Mt Tongariro Eruption - Update 4

    Air New Zealand advises that the ash cloud from Mount Tongariro is clearing to the east of the country and services to Rotorua are now recommencing.

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  • Nov
    21
    Mt Tongariro Eruption - Update 3

    Air New Zealand advises that as a result of predicted ash cloud coverage following the eruption of Mount Tongariro, the airline is not expecting to be able to operate early services to or from Taupo, Rotorua or Gisborne airports tomorrow morning.

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  • Nov
    21
    Mt Tongariro Eruption - Update 2

    Air New Zealand advises that flights operating to some airports east of Mount Tongariro may be delayed or cancelled as a result of the eruption at Mount Tongariro.

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  • Nov
    21
    Mt Tongariro Eruption - Update 1

    Air New Zealand does not currently expect delays or cancellations to its domestic services as a result of the Mt Tongariro eruption based on information available at this time.

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  • Nov
    21
    Hobbit image largest graphic ever applied to an aircraft

    Tight security and total secrecy surround an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER aircraft sequestered in a closed hangar at Air New Zealand’s Auckland Technical Operations base this week as it is transformed into a flying billboard for the soon to be released film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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  • Nov
    20
    Second Sunshine Coast season for Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia

    Kiwis will again be able to leave their winter woes behind and fly non-stop to the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast next year with alliance partners Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia confirming a second season of direct services between Auckland and Sunshine Coast.

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  • Nov
    14
    Eagle Air suspends flights to Wanaka

    Eagle Air is suspending its loss making service between Christchurch and Wanaka from January next year.

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  • Nov
    9
    More than 1 million per day watch An Unexpected Briefing

    More than 1 million people a day have been viewing Air New Zealand’s Hobbit inspired safety video since it was launched just over a week ago.

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  • Nov
    7
    New Sydney check-in kiosks will save passengers time

    Air New Zealand is the first airline to offer all international passengers departing Sydney International Airport for trans-Tasman and Pacific Island destinations fast track kiosk check-in facilities.

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  • Nov
    5
    22:15
    Consumers to benefit from Air New Zealand/Cathay Pacific Strategic Agreement on New Zealand - Hong Kong route

    Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific today announced a new strategic agreement on services operated by both airlines between New Zealand and Hong Kong, effective from 31 January 2013. Sales will commence on 12 December 2012.

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  • Nov
    5
    22:00
    Air New Zealand announces changes to Hong Kong and London services

    Air New Zealand will withdraw services between Hong Kong and London from 4 March 2013 as the airline focuses on returning its international network to profitability.

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  • Nov
    5
    Night Rider™ takes off

    The first of Air New Zealand’s much talked about Night Rider™ services take off tonight, with two Boeing 737s chock full of Kiwis taking advantage of $29 ‘seat’ fares between Auckland and Wellington.

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  • Nov
    5
    Air New Zealand safety video a global hit

    Air New Zealand’s latest safety video is a global hit, achieving worldwide media coverage and 6.2 million YouTube views in just four days since launching.

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  • Nov
    2
    Excessive Wellington Airport profit confirmed by Commerce Commission

    Air New Zealand welcomes the findings of the Commerce Commission’s draft report on Wellington International Airport Limited which concludes that the airport makes excessive profit.

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  • Nov
    1
    Christmas comes early for Christchurch

    Air New Zealand is launching 1500 free one-way Seat airfares into and out of Christchurch for travel between 12 November and 2 December.

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  • Nov
    1
    Air New Zealand enters Middle-earth air space with safety video inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Hobbits, Dwarves and Wizards will take flight as Air New Zealand launches its latest on board safety video, 'An Unexpected Briefing,' today.

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October 2012
  • Oct
    31
    New ATR 72-600 boosts Air New Zealand’s domestic capacity

    Air New Zealand's first new-generation ATR 72-600 aircraft has been handed over in Toulouse, France today, decked out in the airline’s famous 'all black' livery.

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  • Oct
    26
    Air New Zealand is Australasia’s top airline for the fourth year running

    Air New Zealand has taken out the sought after title of Australasia’s Leading Airline for the fourth year in a row at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) in Singapore.

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  • Oct
    26
    Night Rider fares slashed to $7 in the lead up to Christmas

    Air New Zealand is slashing its ludicrously cheap Night Rider™ fares between Auckland and Wellington to $7 each way in the week leading up to Christmas.

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  • Oct
    25
    Airfares Up as Airport Price Hikes Hit Home

    Air New Zealand is reducing capacity into Gisborne as a result of the local airport's decision to increase landing fees by 106% from December 1.

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  • Oct
    19
    Air NZ launches daily late night $29 flights between Auckland and Wellington

    Air New Zealand is launching a new daily Night Rider™ service with every seat on the aircraft available at a fare of $29, for the last flight of the day between Auckland and Wellington.

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  • Oct
    16
    Tuatara take off with Air New Zealand and DOC

    Air New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) today achieved the largest and most complex tuatara relocation ever undertaken. The 260 tuatara travelled on commercial flights from Wellington to Gisborne, Hamilton and Dunedin.

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  • Oct
    15
    Air New Zealand is heading back to Bali

    Bali is fast becoming the holiday destination of choice for Kiwis with Air New Zealand today announcing it will operate a second season of Auckland to Bali services next year.

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  • Oct
    5
    Nation’s Biggest Boots set to take on Air New Zealand all black 777-300 in Christchurch

    New Zealand's top provincial rugby placekickers are heading to Christchurch on Sunday 14 October, to line up next to the all black Boeing 777-300, for a competition to find New Zealand's Biggest Boot.

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  • Oct
    3
    Air New Zealand to further increase capacity to North America

    Air New Zealand will add approximately 5,000 return seats a month to North America as it further increases capacity to San Francisco, Vancouver and Los Angeles from April 2013.

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September 2012
  • Sep
    28
    Air New Zealand Board announces share buyback

    Air New Zealand Limited (“Air New Zealand”) announces that it intends to undertake an on-market share buyback programme on the NZSX and the ASX to acquire up to 3% of its ordinary shares (being 33,006,112 ordinary shares).

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  • Sep
    26
    Air New Zealand launches global search for The Great Walker

    A global search is underway to find four adventurers to take on the challenge of a lifetime by completing all of New Zealand’s nine famous Great Walks in just nine weeks.

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  • Sep
    21
    Air New Zealand calls for ban on hand-held lasers

    Air New Zealand is calling for a New Zealand ban on powerful hand-held laser devices to protect the safety of the travelling public following the sentencing today of a teenager who aimed lasers at three commercial aircraft and a police helicopter.

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  • Sep
    19
    Air New Zealand invests in B777-200ER upgrade programme

    Air New Zealand is investing more than $100 million in upgrading its Boeing 777-200ER fleet to ensure it continues to deliver the most innovative product and technologies to customers flying on its international network.

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  • Sep
    18
    Air New Zealand to Increase Antarctic Research Support

    Air New Zealand announced today that it is contributing more than $1 million toward scientific research in Antarctica.

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August 2012
  • Aug
    8
    Air New Zealand says cheers to 30 years of flying between NZ and London

    Air New Zealand celebrates three decades of flying between New Zealand and London via Los Angeles tomorrow, Saturday 25 August.

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  • Aug
    8
    Eagle Air Beech Fleet - Update 3

    Eagle Air is confident of moving two thirds of passengers booked to travel today close to their scheduled times.

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  • Aug
    7
    22:30
    Eagle Air Beech Fleet – Update 2

    Eagle Air will resume operation tomorrow morning following the completion of a precautionary fleet inspection this evening.

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  • Aug
    7
    Eagle Air fleet being inspected

    Air New Zealand is inspecting its fleet of Beech 1900D aircraft after hairline cracks were found in the tail area of an aircraft during routine maintenance inspection.

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  • Aug
    7
    14:20
    Mount Tongariro eruption - Update 3

    Air New Zealand advises that the ash cloud from Mount Tongariro is clearing to the east of the country and services are recommencing to Gisborne, Rotorua, Taupo, and Palmerston North.

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  • Aug
    7
    07:30
    Mount Tongariro eruption - Update 2

    Air New Zealand advises that flights operating to airports east of Mount Tongariro, including Gisborne, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier and Palmerston North, may be delayed or cancelled as a result of the Mount Tongariro eruption.

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  • Aug
    7
    05:00
    Mount Tongariro eruption

    Air New Zealand does not currently expect delays or cancellations to its domestic services as a result of the Mt Tongariro eruption.

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  • Aug
    3
    Direct Auckland - Queenstown flights every two hours this summer

    Air New Zealand is increasing capacity on direct services between Auckland and Queenstown by 32% this summer, including the addition of a fifth daily flight between Auckland and Queenstown giving travellers a choice of direct services approximately every two hours.

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  • Aug
    2
    More Japanese visitors expected this summer as Air New Zealand boosts charter programme

    Air New Zealand is doubling the number of charter services it operates between Japan and New Zealand, with 14 from seven Japanese cities confirmed for this summer season.

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July 2012
  • Jul
    30
    Star Alliance Builds New Lounge At Los Angeles’ Upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal

    Air New Zealand to Lead the Project. Lounge to Open in May 2013.

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  • Jul
    30
    New LAX terminal for Air New Zealand will deliver better passenger experience

    Air New Zealand is to have a new home at Los Angeles International Airport. 

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  • Jul
    27
    Domestic fares tumble, again

    Air New Zealand is slashing fares on domestic trunk routes for the second time in nine months, as it launches an extra 6000 seats a week into the market over the coming year.

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  • Jul
    20
    Star Alliance Takes Best Alliance Title At Skytrax World Airline Awards For Sixth Time

    Three of the Top Five Airlines are Star Alliance members. Member Carriers Claim a Total of 19 Awards.

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  • Jul
    26
    Air NZ Airpoints can become ‘Shairpoints’

    Air New Zealand Airpoints members can now pool their Airpoints Dollars with family and friends, making it quicker and easier to fly.

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  • Jul
    25
    Lara Bingle is Air NZ’s latest Kiwi Sceptic

    Air New Zealand has unveiled the latest instalment of its award winning ‘Kiwi Sceptics’ campaign featuring Australian model Lara Bingle teaming up with Kiwi TV host and champion snowboarder Hayley Holt to experience the best of Queenstown.

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  • Jul
    20
    Air New Zealand’s distinctive aircraft tails go black

    Air New Zealand’s fleet will begin to sport a new livery from next year.

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  • Jul
    16
    Grabaseat Birthday Bargains

    Grabaseat celebrates six years of offering ludicrously low airfares tomorrow and is sharing the love with 600 airfares on offer at a crazy $6 each.

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  • Jul
    13
    Air New Zealand brings the world to Middle-earth

    Air New Zealand is the official airline of Middle-earth with the announcement of a global two-movie partnership with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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  • Jul
    6
    16:00
    Weather Conditions at Auckland Airport - Update 3

    Air New Zealand advises its regional turbo-prop aircraft operations are returning to schedule, following the fog affecting Auckland Airport and some other regional airports earlier today.

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  • Jul
    6
    10:30
    Weather Conditions at Auckland Airport - Update 2

    Air New Zealand advises that the heavy fog conditions at Auckland Airport are improving, enabling regional flight operations to recommence.

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  • Jul
    6
    08:00
    Weather Conditions at Auckland Airport - Update 1

    Air New Zealand advises that heavy fog at Auckland Airport this morning has meant a number of flights are delayed or cancelled.

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June 2012
  • Jun
    22
    Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines join Star Alliance

    Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, today welcomes Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines, thereby cementing its presence in Latin America and adding close to 50 new airports to the network.

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  • Jun
    21
    Celebrity-spotting now available on Air New Zealand

    In-flight celebrity-spotting on Air New Zealand flights has taken on a whole new meaning with a new safety video featuring everyone from world leaders and musicians to sports stars.

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  • Jun
    19
    Air New Zealand CEO Announcement - Media Briefing

    TODAY AT 11.30am (NZ time)

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  • Jun
    19
    Air New Zealand Announces New Chief Executive Officer

    Air New Zealand has appointed Christopher Luxon as its next Chief Executive Officer.

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  • Jun
    7
    20:30
    Update 5 on Air New Zealand flights to and from Christchurch

    Air New Zealand advises that ground conditions at Christchurch Airport are beginning to improve, enabling some flight operations to recommence.

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  • Jun
    7
    12:30
    Update 4 on Air New Zealand flights to and from Christchurch

    Air New Zealand advises that ground conditions at Christchurch Airport are beginning to improve, enabling some flight operations to recommence.

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  • Jun
    7
    06:00
    Update 3 on Air New Zealand flights to and from Christchurch

    Air New Zealand advises that due to the current weather and airport conditions at Christchurch Airport, a number of flights will be affected this morning.

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  • Jun
    6
    21:30
    Update 2 on Air New Zealand flights to and from Christchurch

    Air New Zealand advises that due to the weather and airport conditions in Christchurch, all remaining flights to and from Christchurch Airport on Wednesday 6 June are cancelled.

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  • Jun
    6
    15:15
    Update on Air New Zealand flights to and from Christchurch

    Due to the weather and airport conditions in Christchurch, Air New Zealand advises that all flights to and from Christchurch Airport have been cancelled for the remainder of today.

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May 2012
  • May
    25
    Randi Zuckerberg of Facebook fame headlines Air New Zealand Social Media event

    World renowned social media expert Randi Zuckerberg will share her tips on how to succeed in today’s hottest communication channel with Kiwi businesses in July.

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  • May
    14
    Star Alliance’s 15th Anniversary Promotion

    A VIP trip of a lifetime for a group of 15 as top prize, Round the World tickets and other prizes also on offer.

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  • May
    14
    Come celebrate with Star Alliance and fly around the world for less with our 15th anniversary promotion

    As part of its 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Star Alliance network is offering a 15 per cent discount on all Round the World (RTW) Economy Class fares.

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  • May
    14
    Star Alliance celebrates its 15th Anniversary

    15 years ago today an event took place which would forever change the landscape of commercial aviation.

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  • May
    10
    Star Alliance CEO's Question Time on Facebook

    Asking for customer feedback, comments and suggestions.

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  • May
    11
    50% more seats to Hawaii

    Air New Zealand is adding significant new capacity to its Auckland - Honolulu route to meet high customer demand for this popular holiday destination.

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  • May
    9
    Ski-season capacity boost for Queenstown - more Tasman and domestic flights

    Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are boosting direct flights between Australia and Queenstown by 8% this ski season to meet expected high demand from Australian skiers.

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  • May
    9
    Significant capacity boost for Auckland-Perth alliance services

    Air New Zealand and alliance partner Virgin Australia today announced plans to boost capacity on the busy Auckland-Perth route by more than 20% in the upcoming financial year.

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April 2012
  • Apr
    20
    Air New Zealand and Department of Conservation Announce New Partnership

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe have today confirmed a major three year commercial partnership between the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Air New Zealand.

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  • Apr
    2
    Fiji Update

    Air New Zealand has cancelled tomorrow morning’s scheduled A320 service Auckland - Nadi - Auckland (NZ752/NZ753) which was due to depart at 7:45am and will replace it with a larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft, more than doubling the number of seats available in both directions.

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March 2012
  • Mar
    29
    Eva Air accepted as future Star Alliance member

    Further Alliance Expansion in Asia

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  • Mar
    28
    Air New Zealand to go daily to Shanghai

    Air New Zealand plans to operate daily services to China within the coming 12 months.

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  • Mar
    26
    Hollywood star takes on New Zealand golfing talent at 30,000 feet

    Hollywood actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Ocean’s Thirteen) and top New Zealand golfers Lydia Ko and Phil Tataurangi had some unique putting practise this morning ahead of the NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship in Queenstown later this week.

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  • Mar
    22
    Air New Zealand’s 30,000ft in-flight putting challenge tees off

    From today, passengers on board Air New Zealand’s all black A320 will be invited to take part in a world first for in-flight entertainment on selected services between Auckland and Queenstown.

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  • Mar
    20
    Mount Cook ATR fleet - Update 6

    Mount Cook Airline expects to be able to get almost all passengers to their destinations today as more aircraft become operational following its full fleet inspection.

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  • Mar
    19
    14:45
    Mount Cook ATR fleet - Update 5

    Mount Cook Airline says it expects to be able to accommodate around 97% of passengers booked to travel tomorrow as more aircraft become operational following its full fleet inspection.

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  • Mar
    19
    12:00
    Mount Cook ATR fleet - Update 4

    Mount Cook Airline expects to have another three of its ATR72-500 aircraft back in the air tomorrow following an inspection of its full fleet of 11 aircraft.

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  • Mar
    18
    17:30
    Mount Cook ATR fleet - Update 3

    Mount Cook Airline expects to operate approximately two thirds of its normal seat capacity tomorrow with three ATR aircraft in service and additional flying from other aircraft in the Air New Zealand fleet.

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  • Mar
    18
    13:30
    Mount Cook ATR fleet - Update 2

    Air New Zealand has cancelled the majority of ATR services today after hairline cracks were found in the area around windows of the cockpit in one aircraft during routine overnight maintenance in Christchurch.

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  • Mar
    18
    Mount Cook’s ATR fleet being inspected

    Air New Zealand is inspecting its ATR fleet after hairline cracks were found in the area around the windows of the cockpit in one aircraft during routine overnight maintenance in Christchurch.

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  • Mar
    8
    Experience A New You launches in Hong Kong

    Well-known Hong Kong musician and composer Chet Lam is the new face of a campaign designed to attract more tourists from Hong Kong to New Zealand.

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  • Mar
    2
    Australians prefer Air New Zealand - Roy Morgan Australia Customer Satisfaction Awards

    Air New Zealand has been named 'International Airline of the Year' in the inaugural Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards in Australia.

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  • Mar
    1
    Air New Zealand increases capacity to North America

    Air New Zealand is increasing its capacity into the North American destinations of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

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February 2012
  • Feb
    27
    Air New Zealand Aviation Institute Adds Basic Maintenance Training Approval to its EASA 147 Certificate

    The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute has added Part 66 Cat B1.1 and B2 approval to its EASA 147 Certificate, enhancing its suite of airline industry training programmes.

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  • Feb
    24
    Air New Zealand Reports Reduced Profit

    Air New Zealand today announced normalised earnings* before taxation of $33 million for the six month period ended 31 December 2011, a 71% decline on the same period last year. Net profit after taxation was $38 million.

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  • Feb
    23
    Air New Zealand’s alliance with Virgin Australia goes direct to Sunshine Coast

    Kiwis will be able fly to the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this winter with Air New Zealand launching the first international service into Sunshine Coast Airport as part of its trans Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia.

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  • Feb
    23
    Bali from $549 one way

    Kiwis can now book a flight non-stop to Bali with Air New Zealand’s launch special of $549 one way from Auckland.

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  • Feb
    20
    Air New Zealand FY12 Interim Result Announcement

    Media Briefing – 24 February.

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  • Feb
    3
    Who’s the Sceptic now?

    Air New Zealand launches its biggest campaign in the past ten years in a bid to change Aussie opinions.

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  • Feb
    9
    Picture your upgrade competition

    Your personal snapshot showing the Star Alliance Gold benefits could be rewarded with fantastic prizes.

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  • Feb
    3
    Bali is Air New Zealand’s newest international route

    Kiwis will now be able to fly non-stop to the popular holiday destination of Bali with the launch of Air New Zealand’s new twice weekly service between Auckland and Denpasar Airport.

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January 2012
  • Jan
    31
    Air New Zealand CEO Resignation

    Air New Zealand will have a new Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

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  • Jan
    24
    Star Alliance Conventions Plus goes online

    First Alliance Online Booking Tool for Conventions Travel

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  • Jan
    22
    Air New Zealand kicks off 2012 in winning style

    Air New Zealand Airpoints™ customers can win a five-night holiday package for two in Hong Kong or North America - or one of tens of thousands of other great prizes - just by booking a flight before the end of the month.

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  • Jan
    12
    Video of world’s largest black aircraft arriving in Auckland

    Video footage is now available of Air New Zealand’s newest Boeing 777-300ER, the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black, touching down in New Zealand for the first time today at Auckland International Airport.

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  • Jan
    11
    World’s largest all black aircraft to touch down in Auckland tomorrow

    Air New Zealand’s newest Boeing 777-300ER, the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black, will touch down in New Zealand for the first time tomorrow morning (Thursday 12 January) at Auckland International Airport.

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  • Jan
    10
    Air New Zealand wins Oscars of the airline industry - again

    Air New Zealand has won Air Transport World’s prestigious Airline of the Year award for the second time in three years.

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