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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 NZ boosting Houston to daily over summer

Air New Zealand’s three-month old Auckland-Houston service is expanding from five times a week to daily over the upcoming summer holidays. The nonstop service, which launched just before Christmas and is served with Boeing 777-200ERs, will run every day over a two-month period from December 5 2016 to February 5 2017, Air NZ said in a statement on Thursday. Air NZ chief sales and c...

Air New Zealand to have country's largest electric vehicle fleet

There may be no alternative to using carbon-based fuels to power aircraft, but Air New Zealand is switching to electric vehicles on the ground. The airline is buying 36 fully-electric cars from BMW and 12 plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi SUVs for its sales staff. It is also directly importing 28 fully-electric vans from Renault for use at airports. Air New Zealand said in a statement that i...

Airwork NZ orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

New Zealand company Airwork recently ordered its 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine from Honeywell. Airwork NZ offers a Eurocopter BK117 engine upgrade program swapping out LTS101-750 engines for the higher power -850 variant, an STC which is widely seen in the Pacific Rim. New Zealand CAA approval was given in May 2010, followed by EASA approval 2012, and the upgraded aircraft is marketed as the BK117...

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 +...