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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...

Passengers Terrified When Jetstar Engine Trouble Caused Shuddering, Banging in Midair

Spark-like flashes of light, bangs and shudders forced a Jetstar plane to turn around shortly after take-off and land back at Auckland Airport. An engine issue occurred just after take off on a flight from Auckland to Dunedin on Saturday afternoon, forcing the plane to turn around. Passenger Tony Robinson said there were eight to nine orange flashes of light that looked like sparks, loud ban...

Kids Stranded at Airport After Last-Minute Jetstar Cancellation

A group of 50 schoolchildren are stranded in Wellington Airport after their flight to Auckland was cancelled at the last minute. A parent of one of the children, who had been in Wellington for an orchestra trip, had been told by Jetstar they would not be able to fly the group home until Tuesday because of an engineering problem. But Jetstar said it hoped to be able to fly the students b...

Air New Zealand introduces world first biometric bag drop

Air New Zealand is claiming another world first with its new electronic bag drops at Auckland International Airport. The national carrier said checking-in would be faster with the new bag drops which featured "world-first biometric technology". The technology was similar to that used by SmartGates, where passengers scan their passports and boarding passes to have their identities v...

Air China touches down in Auckland

Air China has touched down in New Zealand for the first time with the arrival of flight CA783 in Auckland on Thursday evening. The Airbus A330-200, B-5932, landed a little after 1830 local time on Thursday following its 12 and a half hour journey from Beijing. The reciprocal, CA784, took off at about 2020 bound for the Chinese capital. Air China is operating a daily Beijing-Auckland service...

Air NZ establishes new Regional General Manager Australia role

Air New Zealand plans to boost its sales presence in Australia with a new regional general manager role as the airline seeks to carry more long-haul passengers from this side on the Tasman through its Auckland hub. The Star Alliance member plans to grow its international capacity 14-15 per cent in 2015/16 – the bulk of which will be on two new routes to Buenos Aires and Houston, respectiv...

Air New Zealand’s 787: narrower seats pinch in Business Premier

By John Walton I’ve long been of the opinion that Air New Zealand offers one of the best business class products for an overnight flight — the kind of leg that makes up the majority of the airline’s longhaul services. I find the flip-over seat ideal: after a decent meal, just ask the crew to make it up while you change into PJs, and then flop into a memory foam mattress topper...

Air New Zealand Dreamliner Delayed in China by Faulty Brakes

Hundreds of passengers grounded by faulty brakes on an Air New Zealand Dreamliner aircraft were on their way to Auckland on Saturday afternoon after a delay of almost a day. Flight NZ288 was scheduled to leave Shanghai at 2:15 p.m. on Friday (Shanghai time) but was delayed overnight. The flight was expected to arrive in Auckland on Sunday at 2:30 a.m. An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said t...

Air NZ operates first 330-minute ETOPS flight for inaugural to Buenos Aires

Air New Zealand has set two milestones with its inaugural service to Argentina. Flight NZ30 took off from Auckland Airport on Tuesday evening, landing at Buenos Aires just over 11 hours later. It was Air NZ’s first scheduled flight to South America and part of the airline’s growth strategy in the Pacific Rim. And from a technical point of view, the arrival of Boeing 777-200ER ZK-...