Media releases 2015

December 2015
  • Dec
    23
    Air New Zealand’s Santa Stop Here video strikes a chord

    Air New Zealand’s latest Meanwhile in New Zealand – Santa Stop Here Christmas video has been viewed online by more than two million people around the world.

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  • Dec
    16
    Air New Zealand touches down in Texas

    Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight between Auckland and Houston, Texas has touched down this morning.

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  • Dec
    11
    New Air New Zealand initiative to give back to schools

    Air New Zealand has today announced a new annual initiative, with support from the Ministry of Education, which allows Airpoints™ members to donate Airpoints Dollars™ to participating schools.

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  • Dec
    10
    First Air New Zealand and Air China alliance flight arrives in Auckland

    Air China and Air New Zealand have celebrated the inaugural flight of their alliance service between Beijing and Auckland, with flight CA783 touching down in Auckland this evening.

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  • Dec
    10
    United Hosts Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting in Chicago

    Member carrier CEOs review 2015 - Agree on priorities for 2016 - Connecting Partner Model Approved

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  • Dec
    10
    Air New Zealand introduces world first biometric bag drop

    Air New Zealand is speeding up the check-in process for customers departing from Auckland International Airport with new self-service bag drops featuring world-first biometric technology.

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  • Dec
    3
    Air New Zealand signs MoU with Argentinian tourism body

    Air New Zealand has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Tourism Promotion (Inprotur) in Buenos Aires, Argentina to promote tourism and trade activities.

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  • Dec
    3
    McCaw teams up with Pichot to host Air New Zealand rugby event

    Air New Zealand brand ambassador and former All Blacks’ captain Richie McCaw joined former Pumas’ captain, Agustin Pichot, in Buenos Aires today to host a rugby event for local Argentinian school children.

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  • Dec
    2
    Air New Zealand touches down in Buenos Aires

    Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight to Argentina has touched down at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires.

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  • Dec
    2
    Air New Zealand named Airline of the Year third year running

    Air New Zealand has again scooped the title of Airline of the Year by world leading airline safety and product rating review website AirlineRatings.com for the third consecutive year.

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November 2015
  • Nov
    26
    17:00
    Star Alliance launches fresh look for new website - Upgraded iPad and Android Apps available soon.

    Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, has redesigned its website to offer a fresh, modern look and user friendly experience across both desktop and mobile devices, complementing the individual websites of its member airlines.

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  • Nov
    25
    12:00
    Air New Zealand’s Airband™ a world first

    Air New Zealand has introduced a world first for children flying unaccompanied, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to follow the steps in their journey.

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  • Nov
    20
    Air New Zealand’s 75th anniversary exhibition lands at Auckland Museum

    Air New Zealand’s 75th anniversary exhibition, Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our Nation. The World. Connected opens today at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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  • Nov
    19
    McCaw to continue as Air New Zealand ambassador

    Air New Zealand brand ambassador Richie McCaw has confirmed he’ll continue his work with the airline re-signing as an ambassador for a further two years, following his retirement from international rugby.

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  • Nov
    19
    Air New Zealand to fly 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu

    Air New Zealand will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu from 10 May 2016, introducing its popular Economy Skycouch and Premium Economy product and increasing capacity on the route by almost 20% in the process.

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  • Nov
    18
    Two million members for Air New Zealand’s Airpoints™ Programme

    New Zealand’s most rewarding loyalty programme – Air New Zealand’s Airpoints™, has today celebrated a major milestone of welcoming its two millionth member.

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  • Nov
    13
    Air New Zealand to fly direct to Vietnam

    Air New Zealand has today announced it’s expanding its Pacific Rim presence introducing New Zealand’s first direct service to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

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  • Nov
    5
    Air New Zealand further invests in regional growth with ATR purchase

    Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon, joined by Prime Minister John Key, has today announced the airline will purchase 15 new ATR72-600 aircraft to operate its regional services.

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October 2015
  • Oct
    30
    Air New Zealand is Australasia’s top airline for seventh consecutive year

    Air New Zealand has been named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year at the 2015 World Travel Awards.

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  • Oct
    28
    Star Alliance launches fresh new look for website

    Complements sites of individual airlines

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  • Oct
    28
    Air New Zealand extends use of electronic devices to regional operations

    Customers on regional Air New Zealand services will soon be able to keep their electronic devices on for the duration of their journey following approval by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

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  • Oct
    9
    United Airlines enters New Zealand market in cooperation with Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand welcomes today’s announcement by United Airlines that it will enter the New Zealand market, launching a San Francisco – Auckland service from July next year.

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September 2015
  • Sep
    25
    Air New Zealand unveils flagship Auckland International Lounge

    Air New Zealand has today unveiled its new flagship international lounge at Auckland International Airport featuring an ultra-modern design and tailored seating zones to meet the changing needs of travellers whether they’re flying for work or leisure.

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  • Sep
    16
    Air New Zealand launches Sustainability Framework

    Air New Zealand has today launched a new Sustainability Framework as part of its commitment to helping supercharge our nation’s success.

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  • Sep
    16
    Air New Zealand introduces Airpoints for Business

    Air New Zealand has introduced a new initiative which for the first time will reward New Zealand businesses with bonus Airpoints Dollars™ when their employees travel with Air New Zealand for work.

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  • Sep
    7
    Air New Zealand forecasting cooler September fares

    Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat is offering more than 4,000 cheap fares throughout the month of September with prices linked to the 9am temperature.

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  • Sep
    1
    Air New Zealand and Air China launch new alliance route

    Air New Zealand and Air China have today launched joint sales for a new daily direct service between Auckland and Beijing after receiving approval from New Zealand Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges to form a strategic alliance.

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August 2015
  • Aug
    26
    Air New Zealand Announces Record Annual Result

    Air New Zealand has today announced its 2015 annual result with normalised earnings[i] before taxation of $496 million for the 2015 financial year, an increase of 49 percent on the prior year. Statutory earnings before taxation were $474 million, while statutory net profit after taxation was $327 million, an increase of 24 percent.

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  • Aug
    25
    Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific strategic agreement to extend

    Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific welcome the decision today by the Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges to re-authorise the airlines’ strategic agreement on the Auckland – Hong Kong route until 31 October 2019.

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  • Aug
    21
    Air New Zealand adds more seats as Queenstown Marathon demand takes off

    Air New Zealand has increased capacity into Queenstown in response to strong registrations for the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon on Saturday 21 November.

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  • Aug
    17
    Air New Zealand gets behind driver safety message

    Air New Zealand has worked with partners to extend content on its inflight entertainment system to help educate overseas visitors about driving in New Zealand.

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  • Aug
    17
    Air New Zealand Men in Black Safety Defenders a crowd pleaser

     With around 3.2 million people watching it online every day, Air New Zealand’s latest safety video Men in Black Safety Defenders is well on its way to becoming the airline’s most popular to date with 12.9 million online views recorded in the four days since its release.

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  • Aug
    13
    Sun comes up on Air New Zealand’s Dawn Deals

    Air New Zealand kicks off a fresh twist on celebrating the dawn of a new day with a campaign synchronising sunrises with fantastic fares to local and international destinations.

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  • Aug
    13
    Air New Zealand teams up with All Blacks for out of this world Men in Black safety video

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders.

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  • Aug
    4
    Star Alliance named Best Airline Alliance at the Australian Business Traveller Awards

     SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - August 4th, 2015 - Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance, has been named Best Airline Alliance by Australian Business Traveller, Asia-Pacific's leading website for business travellers and frequent flyers.

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July 2015
  • Jul
    29
    Star Alliance announces Premium Economy round-the-world fares

    11 Member Airlines now offering a dedicated Premium Economy Cabin.

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  • Jul
    22
    Avianca Brasil joins Star Alliance Network

    São Paulo, Brazil - July 22nd, 2015 - At a special ceremony held at Guarulhos International Airport today, the Star Alliance member carriers welcomed their newest member, Avianca Brasil.

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  • Jul
    17
    Grab an Air New Zealand grabaseat Birthday Bargain

    Air New Zealand’s grabaseat will turn nine tomorrow and is celebrating with thousands of low priced fares, from as little as $1.

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  • Jul
    6
    Air New Zealand commits to five year All Blacks sponsorship

    Air New Zealand has confirmed its support for the All Blacks for another five years, re-signing as a major sponsor of New Zealand Rugby through until 2020.

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  • Jul
    1
    Air New Zealand teams up with students to create longest fan banner

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with school students to support the All Blacks as they prepare for next week’s historic match with Manu Samoa by creating New Zealand’s longest All Blacks’ fan banner.

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June 2015
  • Jun
    30
    Air New Zealand adds further Wellington flights this weekend

    Air New Zealand has announced it will operate even more flights to the capital this weekend with additional services to and from both Auckland and Christchurch adding more than 250 seats for rugby fans.

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  • Jun
    29
    Air New Zealand pulls out the stops for the big game

    Air New Zealand has pulled in one of its international jets for a special one-off service to get fans to the Super Rugby final in Wellington on Saturday.

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  • Jun
    28
    Air New Zealand adds extra flights for rugby final

    Air New Zealand has responded to high customer demand for next weekend’s Super Rugby final in Wellington, with additional services to and from Dunedin.

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  • Jun
    24
    LOT Polish Airlines hosts Star Alliance Chief Executive board in Warsaw

    Addition of Avianca in Brazil endorsed. Strategic network development by adding more hub to hub connections.

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  • Jun
    22
    Air New Zealand announces sale of Safe Air

    Air New Zealand has signed a conditional agreement for the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Safe Air to Airbus Group Australia Pacific Pty Limited, a major supplier to the Australian Defence Forces and leading civil helicopter retailer.

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  • Jun
    18
    Star Alliance LAX Lounge wins Skytrax Award

    Voted Best Alliance Lounge. 13 Star Alliance carriers receive 27 awards.

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  • Jun
    17
    Air New Zealand’s triple win at Skytrax World Airline Awards

    Air New Zealand has been awarded 'World’s Best Premium Economy Class', 'Best Premium Economy Class airline seat' and ‘Best Premium Economy onboard catering' in this year’s World Airline Awards. 

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  • Jun
    15
    Air New Zealand and Lagardère bring world-class marathon to Hawke’s Bay

    Air New Zealand has partnered with event organisers Lagardère Unlimited Oceania to bring the country’s newest international marathon to Hawke’s Bay.

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  • Jun
    12
    Air New Zealand appoints world renowned wine consultants

    Air New Zealand has appointed two of the world’s leading wine judges and commentators to its wine selection programme.

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  • Jun
    9
    Air New Zealand and Air India announce codeshare agreement

    Air New Zealand and Air India have signed a codeshare agreement on services between New Zealand and India providing greater access and choice to travellers in both directions.

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May 2015
  • May
    22
    Air New Zealand reveals new lounge design in Sydney

    Air New Zealand has today revealed its new international network lounge design with the opening of its ground breaking lounge at Sydney Airport.

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  • May
    21
    Air New Zealand’s Surfing Safari safety video makes waves

    Air New Zealand’s latest inflight safety video Surfing Safari has attracted almost four million online viewers in its first week.

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  • May
    20
    Auckland to Houston on sale from $699 one-way

    Air New Zealand is celebrating its new non-stop Auckland to Houston service going on sale today with a limited time introductory fare to Texas and beyond from just $699 one-way.

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  • May
    18
    Air New Zealand offers TRENZ fare special

    Air New Zealand is offering special fares on its central North Island services to mark the start of the tourism industry’s largest international trade show, TRENZ.

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  • May
    15
    Air New Zealand to boost Perth capacity by 30 percent

    Air New Zealand is introducing three new weekly flights between Perth and Auckland timed to connect West Australian travellers to the airline’s USA, Canada and Argentina flights.

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  • May
    15
    Air New Zealand congratulates Tourism New Zealand on new 100% Pure New Zealand campaign

    Air New Zealand congratulates Tourism New Zealand on the latest evolution of its 100% Pure New Zealand campaign which was launched today and will roll out in international tourism markets from July to promote travel to New Zealand.

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  • May
    14
    Air New Zealand takes viewers on a Surfing Safari

    Air New Zealand has assembled some of the greatest surfers of all time to deliver its latest on board safety video, filmed at legendary surf breaks across three countries.

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  • May
    11
    Waikato students winging their way to Great Walk

    Pupils at Hamilton’s Hillcrest Normal School will soon be heading outdoors to experience one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks after winning the Virtual Great Walker competition run by the Department of Conservation with support from Air New Zealand.

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  • May
    4
    School Safety Video winner announced

    Avalon Intermediate School has been named the winner of Air New Zealand and Te Papa’s safety video competition.

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April 2015
  • Apr
    30
    Air New Zealand celebrates 75 years since first flight

    Air New Zealand is celebrating 75 years of flying today with birthday festivities including a mid-air game show, a chance for customers to win back their fare, and a themed flight across the Tasman.

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  • Apr
    24
    Air New Zealand Airbus engine selection to benefit Christchurch Engine Centre

    The Christchurch Engine Centre is set for a period of strong growth after Air New Zealand announced today it has selected the PurePower® PW1100G-JM engine to power its 13 new Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft due to join its fleet from 2017.

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  • Apr
    24
    ANZ renews its partnership with Air New Zealand Airpoints™

    Air New Zealand and ANZ bank have renewed their partnership relating to the Air New Zealand Airpoints™ programme.

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  • Apr
    17
    Air New Zealand to fly over 650,000 more domestic seats in FY16

    Air New Zealand will increase its total domestic capacity by more than 650,000 seats in the coming financial year.

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  • Apr
    16
    Air New Zealand to fly direct to the heart of Texas - the gateway to southern hospitality

    Air New Zealand has today announced it will start flying to Houston, Texas from December this year, opening up a direct connection between New Zealand and America’s South for the first time.

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  • Apr
    14
    Air New Zealand calls on public to select new All Black lolly flavour

    Kiwi travellers and rugby fans are voting in their thousands for Air New Zealand’s new commemorative black lolly flavour.

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  • Apr
    10
    Air New Zealand and AJW Group expand partnership

    Air New Zealand and AJW Group have signed a new agreement which will extend the component maintenance and repair services provided at Air New Zealand’s Auckland Engineering and Maintenance base.

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  • Apr
    10
    More flights to the Sunshine Coast

    Air New Zealand, in conjunction with trans-Tasman alliance partner Virgin Australia, has announced a second seasonal Sunshine Coast service to operate from December 2015 to February 2016.

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  • Apr
    9
    Air New Zealand and Aimia Acquire Kiwi Analytics Business

    Air New Zealand and Aimia, a Canada based data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company have today announced the joint purchase of the 11Ants Analytics business.

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  • Apr
    1
    Air New Zealand and Bayleys offer Airpoints ‘on the house’

    Air New Zealand Airpoints members can now earn Airpoints Dollars when selling their houses, land, and other properties with Bayleys Real Estate.

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March 2015
  • Mar
    31
    Air New Zealand remains committed to South Island tourism

    Air New Zealand remains firmly committed to supporting the Christchurch and South Island tourism industry and will continue to work with local stakeholders to ensure the airline supports the regional economic development strategy through the next stage of the Christchurch rebuild.

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  • Mar
    26
    Air New Zealand announces extra Sunday charter service to Melbourne

    Air New Zealand will operate a Boeing 777-200 charter service between Auckland and Melbourne this weekend offering more than 300 additional seats in each direction for fans keen to get to Sunday’s cricket final.

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  • Mar
    25
    Auckland to Argentina non-stop for just $899 one-way

    Air New Zealand is celebrating fares going on sale today for its non-stop service between Auckland and the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires with a special limited time introductory price of just $899 one-way.

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  • Mar
    23
    Air New Zealand and Air China unveil proposed alliance

    Air New Zealand and Air China have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

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  • Mar
    19
    Westpac joins the Air New Zealand Airpoints™ programme

    Air New Zealand has announced Westpac New Zealand will join the airline’s Airpoints™ programme as its newest financial services partner providing members with a suite of new Airpoints earning products.

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  • Mar
    18
    Air New Zealand increases to daily Auckland – Vancouver services over northern winter peak

    Air New Zealand will move to a daily return service on the popular Auckland - Vancouver route over the peak northern winter period between mid-December 2015 and late-January 2016.

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  • Mar
    18
    Air New Zealand and Te Papa invite Kiwi kids to create their own inflight safety video

    Air New Zealand, the airline world renowned for its unique take on the inflight safety video, is partnering with Te Papa to encourage Kiwi kids to get creative and film their own version of an Air New Zealand safety video.

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  • Mar
    10
    Air New Zealand to launch Apple Watch app

    Air New Zealand will soon become one of the first New Zealand companies to launch an app for the highly anticipated Apple Watch™.

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February 2015
  • Feb
    26
    Heathrow Terminal 2 │ The Queen's Terminal named Airport of the Year at Air Transport World Annual Awards

    London Heathrow and Star Alliance take joint accolade

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  • Feb
    25
    Air New Zealand announces strong half year result

    Air New Zealand has today announced record normalised earnings* before taxation of $216 million for the first six months of the 2015 financial year, an increase of 20 percent on the previous corresponding period.

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  • Feb
    19
    Air New Zealand celebrates move to larger aircraft at Kerikeri with $39 grabaseat fares

    All Air New Zealand services between Kerikeri and Auckland have this month moved to larger 50 seat Bombardier aircraft and the airline is celebrating by putting 200 one-way grabaseat fares up for grabs for just $39 each.

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  • Feb
    4
    Air New Zealand’s “Favourite Places” campaign takes off

    Air New Zealand is stepping up its “Favourite Places” campaign with the launch of a TVC celebrating the reach of Air New Zealand’s comprehensive domestic network.

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January 2015
  • Jan
    30
    Air New Zealand brings back $29 Night Rider service

    Air New Zealand is offering its Night Rider service again – and this time the deals will extend to regional New Zealand destinations.

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  • Jan
    16
    Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand team up on Japanese campaign

    Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have today launched a major joint campaign to encourage Japanese travellers to visit New Zealand between April and October 2015.

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  • Jan
    15
    Air New Zealand searching for commemorative stamp stars

    Air New Zealand is looking to solve a mystery by tracking down three women whose younger selves feature on the airline’s 75th anniversary commemorative stamps, which went on sale this week.

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  • Jan
    13
    Volcanic activity in Tonga

    Air New Zealand advises that ongoing volcanic activity in Tonga has caused the cancellation of some services between New Zealand and Tonga.

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  • Jan
    5
    Air New Zealand – Singapore Airlines alliance takes off

    The alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines takes flight in the early hours of tomorrow morning with the first return service between New Zealand and Singapore departing Auckland just after midnight.

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