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Air NZ and United deepen partnership

Air New Zealand and United plan to expand their partnership to include revenue sharing on New Zealand-US routes. The move to deepen cooperation comes as United counts down to its return to NZ for the first time since 2003, with nonstop San Francisco-Auckland flights with Boeing 787s due to begin in July. United vice chairman and chief revenue officer Jim Compton said: “This joint ventu...

Kiwi Regional Airlines plans to crowdfund $2 million for new plane

Kiwi Regional Airlines plans to raise up to $2 million through crowdfunding to buy a second aircraft. The new aircraft would be a Saab 340 QC used for passenger and freight charters and as a backup for maintenance of its existing aircraft Saab 340A. Last month the Hamilton airline cancelled flights after grounding the 34-seater...

Air NZ expands international network with return to Osaka

Air New Zealand is expanding its presence in Asia with a return to Osaka (Kansai). The seasonal three times weekly Auckland-Osaka (Kansai) flights are scheduled to begin in November with Boeing 767-300ERs and run until March 2017, Air NZ said on Thursday. Currently, Air NZ flies 10 times a week between Auckland and Tokyo with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Star Alliance member said demand...

Air NZ reports $NZ338 million first half net profit

Air New Zealand has reported a more than doubling of first half net profit amid strong growth in passenger numbers and as the airline benefits from lower fuel prices and a booming New Zealand tourism market. The company said net profit for the six months to December 31 2015 came in at $NZ338 million, up 154 per cent from $NZ133 in the prior corresponding period. Air NZ grew capacity, measure...

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. The airline has been working with Auckland University of Technology to manufacture the fold down cocktail trays that form part of its award-winning Business Premier seat using innovative 3D printing – also known as additive layer manufacturing tech...

Air NZ to equip ATR fleet with RNP technology

Air New Zealand plans to install its fleet of ATR turboprops with Required Navigation Performance (RNP) technology at a cost of NS$25 million. The Star Alliance carrier will become the first ATR operator to use RNP, which allows aircraft to fly along predefined routes with the aid of GPS navigation systems. In practical terms, this means pilots trained for RNP can fly at lower altitudes and...

Air New Zealand Urges Fans Into the Woods to Out-Do Taylor Swift Lyrics

In time with the release of Taylor Swift’s most recent video, Out Of the Woods, filmed in New Zealand, Air New Zealand has challenged its fans to write new lyrics for the song—with a safety theme. “We have a blank space we need you to fill, as we’ve got a special Safety Mission for you,” the airline states on its US-Facebook page. “In honor...

Air New Zealand Works Deluxe could do with soft product work

Works Deluxe sits as the top offering on Air New Zealand’s Australian and Pacific islands Airbus A320 fleet. It’s a middle-seat-free economy hard product, in the extra legroom section of the aircraft and with on-demand inflight entertainment, food and beverages included. The airline’s unbundled Seats to Suit fares on these routes include the self-explanatory Seat Only and Seat +...

Air New Zealand brings the cheer with seatback home wine delivery

Ordering a beverage from the seatback isn’t novel, but ordering a case of wine to be delivered to your home is the new normal for passengers flying with Air New Zealand’s latest entertainment systems. Alongside the more usual TV, movie and audio options on offer on the IFE is the chance to purchase bottles — or, indeed, cases — of wine for home delivery. It’s intui...

Kiwi Regional Air shareholder eyes divestment

Kiwi Regional Airlines (KRL, Hamilton) shareholder 2 Cheap Cars is looking to dispose of its 10.4% stake in the airline. Eugene Williams, the CEO of the used car importer and retailer, told New Zealand's Business Desk news that the firm had "never intended to be a long-term investor" in the carrier which launched domestic operations in October this year. "When we first got in...

Air NZ boosts North American network with start on new Houston service

Air New Zealand has opened a fifth gateway in North America with the start of flights to Houston, Texas. The airline’s inaugural service to the heart of Texas, flight NZ28, departed Auckland at 1830 local time on Tuesday and landed just over 12 and a half hours later at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport a little after 1230 the same day. The Boeing 777-200ER, ZK-...

Air NZ installs “world first” self-service bag drop at Auckland International

Air New Zealand will allow international passengers travelling from Auckland the option of checking in their own bag in what the airline describes as a world first. The self-service bag drop kiosks read biometric data stored on passports using technology similar to the SmartGate passport control gates, with a camera to verify the passenger’s identity. Once the passenger&rsq...