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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-...

Propstar takes off in New Zealand

Jetstar’s New Zealand turboprop operations have taken off with the first regional services getting underway on Tuesday morning. The Qantas-owned low-cost carrier is taking the fight up to Air New Zealand on regional services with five 50-seat Q300s. The first two routes – Auckland-Napier and Auckland-Nelson – commenced on Tuesday, with Palmerston North-Auckland, N...

Air NZ appoints chief digital officer

Air New Zealand has appointed a former Google executive and the founder of an organisation that supports start-ups in the Silicon Valley as its first chief digital officer. Avi Golan will start in the new role in early 2016 and is expected to “play a leading role in the strategy to engage digitally with customers across multiple international markets in a way that is relevant to them thro...

Air New Zealand’s ‘Airband’ to keep track of unaccompanied children

Air New Zealand is claiming a “world first” with its introduction of near field communication (NFC) chip-equipped ‘Airband’ wristbands for unaccompanied children that trigger text messages to be sent to parents and caregivers at key stages of travel. “Children travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an Airband at check-in a...

7 Believed Dead in New Zealand Tourist Helicopter Crash

All seven people aboard a helicopter carrying tourists that crashed Saturday on a scenic New Zealand glacier are believed to have been killed, police said. The wreckage of the helicopter was located inside a crevasse on Fox Glacier, but difficult terrain made it difficult for rescuers to reach it, police said in a statement. They said the pilot and six passengers are believed dead. The helic...