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Economy Skynest to put economy travellers to sleep

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of Air New Zealand research and development, with the input of more than 200 customers at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland. The airline has filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.  Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Cu...

Inmarsat GX Aviation powers one million free inflight passenger broadband sessions for Air New Zealand

Can you imagine - one million free inflight broadband sessions for Air New Zealand passenger? The impressive milestone was achieved approximately one year after Air New Zealand switched to a free-of-charge model for its inflight broadband service. Inmarsat GX Aviation is currently available on almost 25 aircraft within the Air New Zealand fleet, operating on Trans-Tasman, Pacific Island,...

Air New Zealand Order for Eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners is finalized

Air New Zealand and Boeing finalized an order for eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices. The carrier, recognized for its long-range flights and global network, will integrate the largest Dreamliner model into its world-class fleet of 787-9 and 777 airplanes from 2022 to strategically grow its business. The airplane deal, announced in May as...

Drones inspecting aircraft is the reality today

There is so many tasks where drone can be a solution. Do you think the aircraft inspection can be done by drone? It happens to be the reality by now. Air New Zealand has teamed up with ST Engineering to trial the use of drones to inspect aircraft! The drone inspection trials Air New Zealand is collaborating on with ST Engineering take place at its facility next to Changi Airport in Sing...

For Future Growth, Air New Zealand Selects Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing and Air New Zealand announced the airline plans to add the largest 787 Dreamliner model to its world-class fleet with a commitment to buy eight 787-10 airplanes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices.  The carrier, known for its global network and long-range operations, says the 787-10 complements its current 787-9 and 777 fleet by offering more seats and greate...

First non-stop air service between New Zealand and Chicago takes flight

Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight NZ26 between Auckland and Chicago departed around 5pm 30.11.18. and is scheduled to land at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport around 1.00pm local time. With a flight time of approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound, the flight is Air New Zealand’s longest, taking over from Auckland-Houston which ha...

Air New Zealand makes inaugural voyage to Vietnam

Lemongrass chicken and black pepper beef were on the menu for passengers lucky enough to grab a seat on Air New Zealand airline's inaugural flight to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The 11-hour flight touched down on Sunday morning (NZT), with dignitaries including Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Viet Dung Nguyen greeted by a kapa haka group...

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. The technology, originally designed for use in the dairy industry, uses remote-controlled inspection equipment to detect damage inside milk tanks beaming back high resolution footage in real time. Air New Zealand Ch...