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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...

Air NZ to deploy 787-9 to Argentina from October

Air New Zealand is switching its Auckland-Buenos Aires service from the Boeing 777-200ER to the 787-9 from October 30. While the move represents an overall reduction of 10 seats per flight, from 312 for the 777 to 302 for the 787-9, there will be a change in the mix of seats across business, premium economy and economy. Air New Zealand’s Dreamliners have a larger economy cabin featurin...

Air NZ settles US cargo class action case for US$35 million

Air New Zealand has settled a long-running class action claim in the US over alleged collusion in cargo markets for US$35 million without admitting any wrongdoing. The company said in a statement on Monday it decided to settle “rather than take the risk of a potentially very material commercial liability by continuing to defend its position”. “This is purely a question of m...

Refused boarding over weight limit

Air New Zealand refused to let a woman board her flight to Tonga because the aircraft had reached its upper weight limit. Auckland woman Alex Catchpole-Ozpınar was supposed to board her 9.30am flight to Tonga on Monday for a five day holiday but was turned away at the Air NZ check-in counter because her aircraft had reached its weight limit. Catchpole-Ozpınar said sh...

Police board Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai after woman becomes 'hangry'

Police were called to board an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai after a passenger apparently had a meltdown over her in-flight meal. TVNZ reporter Katie Bradford said in a Twitter post that the woman "nearly caused a riot when they didn't have the meal she wanted". Air New Zealand said in a statement police met NZ289 on arrival in Shangh...

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. General Manager Flight Operations Stephen Hunt says, “The condition of the runway at Port Vila has been gradually deteriorating and we have taken the difficult decision to suspend services before the situation becomes unsaf...

What makes a great branded airline outstation airport lounge?

It seems like the branded outstation airport lounge is having something of a renaissance. With airlines continuing to fight for lucrative business and first class passengers — not to mention the frequent flyers in economy who are often on high-value last minute fares — there’s a lot to be said for an airline having its own space to serve its own passengers rather than leaving the...