Media releases 2016

August 2016
  • Aug
    23
    All Blacks’ Captain signs on as Air New Zealand ambassador

    Air New Zealand has signed All Blacks’ Captain Kieran Read as its newest airline ambassador.

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  • Aug
    22
    Air New Zealand to increase its premium seating offering

    Air New Zealand is to spend more than $100 million increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300 fleet in response to customer trends.

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  • Aug
    11
    Let Star Alliance inspire you to travel the world

    New Themed Round the World Itineraries
    Follow our globe-trotting bloggers

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July 2016
  • Jul
    29
    Fine wines of New Zealand revealed

    Six of the nation's leading independent wine experts have come together to create "The Fine Wines of New Zealand" - a list of the country's most prestigious wines.

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  • Jul
    21
    Air New Zealand heads to Hollywood for its latest safety video

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with Hollywood actress Anna Faris and New Zealand actor and comedic legend Rhys Darby for its latest safety video, Safety in Hollywood.

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  • Jul
    20
    Michael Meredith teams up with Peter Gordon as Air New Zealand’s new consultant chef

    Award-winning restaurateur Michael Meredith is set to take his culinary expertise to the skies as Air New Zealand’s newest consultant chef.

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  • Jul
    19
    Air New Zealand pioneers ‘gate to gate’ use of Bluetooth devices onboard its fleet

    In a first for airlines in the South Pacific, Air New Zealand is giving customers the freedom to use Bluetooth devices ‘gate to gate’ across its entire fleet.

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  • Jul
    13
    Star Alliance takes Best Alliance title at Skytrax World Airline Awards

    Five Star Alliance Airlines ranked among the Top 10
    13 Member Carriers Claim a Total of 26 Awards

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  • Jul
    13
    Star Alliance Los Angeles Lounge wins Skytrax Award two years running

    Voted Best Alliance Lounge

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  • Jul
    13
    Air New Zealand wins again at Skytrax World Airline Awards

    Air New Zealand has taken out World’s Best Premium Economy Class and World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards held at the Farnborough Air Show overnight.

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  • Jul
    8
    Air New Zealand partners with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to launch te reo Māori Speaker emblem

    Air New Zealand has partnered with the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Maori Language Commission) to develop a tohu (emblem) that recognises fluency in the Māori language.

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  • Jul
    4
    Star Alliance rolls out new check-in concept at Tokyo - Narita Airport Terminal 1

    Increased automation based on Heathrow Terminal 2 experience
    New Check-In Area Layout

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June 2016
  • Jun
    28
    Air New Zealand scoops Airline of the Year awards

    Air New Zealand has been named both International Airline of the Year and Domestic Airline of the Year at the fifth annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards.

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  • Jun
    22
    Air New Zealand Airpoints™ partners with iconic Kiwi brands Mercury, Z Energy and Foodstuffs New Zealand

    Air New Zealand’s Airpoints™ programme continues its strong growth, signing three significant new partners which each enjoy solid market share in their respective categories.

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  • Jun
    21
    Temporary Vanuatu runway works completed to safe standard

    Air New Zealand is satisfied that temporary repairs have restored the Bauerfield runway at Port Vila to a safe standard for it to consider charter jet operations.

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  • Jun
    21
    Air New Zealand showcases New Zealand in 13 Hours with rugby legend Agustin Pichot

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with former Argentinian rugby player, Agustin Pichot, to showcase all New Zealand has to offer to Argentinian travellers following last year’s launch of direct flights between Buenos Aires and Auckland.

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  • Jun
    8
    Air New Zealand recognised for sustainability business leadership

    Air New Zealand has taken out the Business Leadership category at the Green Ribbon Awards for its efforts in sustainability at a ceremony held at Parliament overnight.

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  • Jun
    5
    Air New Zealand touches down in Vietnam

    Air New Zealand's inaugural flight between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City has touched down overnight.

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  • Jun
    5
    Star Alliance Announces Management Change

    Jeffrey Goh to lead the Star Alliance organisation from 2017.

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  • Jun
    5
    Star Alliance Determines Next Steps in Service Enhancement

    Multi-million dollar technology projects and future operating standards given green light by Chief Executive Board.

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  • Jun
    5
    Swiss Welcomes Alliance CEOs to Zurich for Board Meeting

    Airline celebrates 10 years of Alliance membership. Arrival on special flight on new Bombardier C Series.

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  • Jun
    3
    Air New Zealand unveils new Hamilton lounge

    Air New Zealand will today welcome customers into its newly refurbished lounge at Hamilton Airport.

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May 2016
  • May
    30
    Air New Zealand makes adjustments to regional schedule

    Air New Zealand is making some adjustments to its regional flight schedules reflecting recent feedback from local stakeholders and to meet growing demand on a number of routes.

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  • May
    30
    Air New Zealand regional turbo-prop update

    In November 2014 Air New Zealand announced it would move to progressively retire its loss making 19 seat Beech aircraft fleet and move to operating the larger and more economically viable 50 seat Q300 aircraft in regional centres where demand was sufficient to support more sustainable regional services.

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  • May
    27
    Air New Zealand trials world-leading robotic technology

    Air New Zealand is working with Christchurch-based robotics company Invert Robotics to trial wall climbing, camera mounted robots to carry out remote inspections on its aircraft.

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  • May
    23
    Air New Zealand says “Good Evening Queenstown”

    Air New Zealand will today operate its first commercial evening service into Queenstown, kicking off the winter season.

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  • May
    11
    Air New Zealand’s 75th exhibition to land in Christchurch

    Air New Zealand will take its highly successful exhibition - Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our Nation. The World. Connected to Canterbury Museum in Christchurch in September this year.

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  • May
    11
    Air New Zealand to introduce Dreamliner on Buenos Aires services and increases frequency

    Kiwis and Australians will soon have another reason to travel to the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires with the announcement today that Air New Zealand will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland-Buenos Aires route from 30 October 2016.

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  • May
    8
    Air New Zealand Koru Care flight jets kids around the country

    More than 50 children and their caregivers are today enjoying a special scenic tour of New Zealand from the air in a 787-9 Dreamliner, on Air New Zealand’s special Koru Care flight.

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  • May
    10
    Air New Zealand Dreamliner takes off to Honolulu

    Air New Zealand will become the only airline to operate scheduled Dreamliner services between Auckland and Hawaii with the inaugural Boeing 787-9 flight departing to Honolulu tonight.

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  • May
    1
    Air New Zealand lands historic first evening flight in Queenstown

    Air New Zealand has successfully operated the first evening flight into Queenstown in preparation for scheduled commercial services commencing next month.

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April 2016
  • Apr
    28
    Air New Zealand and Logan Dodds release epic Kiwi OE video

    A new video documenting 25 year old Kiwi plumber Logan Dodds' ultimate New Zealand OE is set to inspire young New Zealanders to get out and explore their backyard.

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  • Apr
    8
    Air New Zealand reinforces need for permanent Vanuatu runway solution

    Air New Zealand has today written to the Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu to clarify the circumstances under which it would consider resuming services between Auckland and Port Vila.

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  • Apr
    6
    More Air New Zealand jet services on Dunedin-Wellington route

    Air New Zealand will add five additional return jet services a week between Dunedin and Wellington from October this year – with double daily services six days a week.

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  • Apr
    6
    Air New Zealand to fly to the capital of the Philippines

    Air New Zealand will further expand its Pacific Rim network with the launch of direct flights to Manila in the Philippines from December.

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  • Apr
    6
    Dining out now earns Airpoints Dollars

    Air New Zealand Airpoints™ members can now earn Airpoints Dollars™ when they dine at Nourish Group’s nine restaurant outlets across the country.

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  • Apr
    4
    Auckland to Osaka available now from $769 one-way

    Customers can now purchase fares for Air New Zealand's non-stop service between Auckland and Osaka, with Economy fares starting from $769 and Business Class from $2239 one-way per person.

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March 2016
  • Mar
    24
    Air New Zealand goes daily on Houston service

    Air New Zealand is moving to daily services on its new Auckland-Houston route for the peak season from December to February.

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  • Mar
    24
    Air New Zealand launches Inspiring Voices speaker series

    Air New Zealand has launched a new Inspiring Voices speaker series to inspire New Zealanders and their businesses to stand out on the world stage.

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  • Mar
    18
    Air New Zealand helps kiwi fly to new homes

    Air New Zealand has played a significant part in the Department of Conservation’s largest-ever translocation effort, flying 30 little spotted kiwi to new homes throughout the North Island.

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  • Mar
    16
    Air New Zealand electrifies ground fleet

    Air New Zealand is transitioning more than 75 light vehicles in its ground fleet to electric saving around 65,000 litres of fuel per year and creating what’s believed to be the leading corporate electric vehicle fleet in New Zealand.

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  • Mar
    16
    Air New Zealand to support Abel Tasman biodiversity project

    Air New Zealand, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Golden Bay’s Manawhenua ki Mohua iwi have today announced a new joint biodiversity project on the Abel Tasman Great Walk.

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  • Mar
    15
    Air New Zealand to open expansive new Brisbane International Lounge

    Air New Zealand's latest purpose-built, architecturally designed and significantly larger lounge will open its doors tomorrow at Brisbane International Airport.

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  • Mar
    14
    Kiwi schools named to raise Airpoints Dollars™ for travel

    Air New Zealand has announced the ten school groups selected for its first annual Airpoints™ for Schools programme who from April will be eligible to receive donated Airpoints Dollars™ to redeem on travel.

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  • Mar
    14
    Air NZ and Virgin Australia launch search for aviation biofuel opportunities

    Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia today announced a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel.

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  • Mar
    4
    First international customer for Air New Zealand’s Regional Maintenance hub in Nelson

    Air New Zealand has signed a contract to provide turboprop maintenance to its first international customer Air Calédonie, the domestic airline of New Caledonia.

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  • Mar
    3
    Star Alliance invites lounge guests to share tips via #irecommend

    Locally-inspired signature drinks now available.

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  • Mar
    3
    Air New Zealand to resume Osaka flights

    Air New Zealand will resume a nonstop seasonal service between Auckland and Osaka, Japan from November.

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  • Mar
    1
    Star Alliance improves customer experience at Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal

    Star Alliance is improving customer experience at Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) through a combination of co-locating the member airlines in a one single check-in zone and the progressive introduction of more automation.

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February 2016
  • Feb
    29
    Air New Zealand reveals new Invercargill lounge

    Air New Zealand has today opened the doors to its brand new lounge at Invercargill Airport.

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  • Feb
    24
    Air New Zealand to 3D print its own aircraft interior parts

    Air New Zealand is embracing the future of aircraft interiors by successfully producing 3D printed components for its Business Premier cabins.

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  • Feb
    11
    Star Alliance Gold Card holders enjoy free upgrades on Heathrow Express trains

    LONDON, UK - February 11th, 2016 - Star Alliance and Heathrow Express have teamed up to offer Star Alliance Gold Card holders a special benefit when travelling on Heathrow Express trains - a free upgrade.

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  • Feb
    4
    Wine Flight to take off

    More than 60 of the world's most influential wine media, trade and sommeliers will enjoy a unique "Wine Flight" today thanks to Air New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers.

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  • Feb
    4
    Air New Zealand to invest more than $25 million in RNP for ATR

    Air New Zealand's announced it's entered into a partnership with aircraft manufacturer ATR to equip its 68-seat turboprop fleet with advanced Required Navigation Performance (RNP AR) technology.

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  • Feb
    4
    Air New Zealand appoints new Chief People Officer

    Air New Zealand has appointed Jodie King to the Executive position of Chief People Officer effective 29 February.

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January 2016
  • Jan
    27
    Air New Zealand to start Queenstown night flights

    Air New Zealand will commence night flying into and out of Queenstown from July 2016, offering more options and greater flexibility for travellers.

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  • Jan
    26
    Air New Zealand’s new campaign calls for Kiwis who aspire to fly

    Air New Zealand has unveiled a new online campaign to recruit talented people as its future flight attendants.

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  • Jan
    25
    Air New Zealand celebrates new Vietnam route with special $599 offer

    Air New Zealand’s new non-stop service from Auckland to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City goes on sale today with special introductory fares available from just $599 one-way.

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  • Jan
    22
    Air New Zealand to suspend Vanuatu service

    Air New Zealand is suspending services between Auckland and Vanuatu in light of on-going concerns about the condition of the runway at Port Vila International Airport.

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  • Jan
    20
    Air New Zealand customers espresso their love for coffee

    New Zealand’s reputation as a coffee-loving nation has been reaffirmed in the lounges of the national airline.

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  • Jan
    7
    Air New Zealand’s 75th exhibition proving popular in Auckland

    Last week was a bumper week for Air New Zealand’s 75th anniversary exhibition, Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our Nation. The World. Connected at the Auckland War Memorial Museum with almost 25,000 visitors soaking up the airline’s history.

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