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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...

Air NZ to use 787-9 to Honolulu

Air New Zealand is adding extra seats and tweaking the schedule of its Auckland-Honolulu services to offer more connecting options at both ends of the route. The increase in capacity will come through replacing the Boeing 767-300ER currently on the route with the 787-9 Dreamliner from May 2016 on the airline’s four times a week service. Air NZ’s 767s feature 230 seats across busi...

NZ and Viet Nam sign agreement for aviation cooperation

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has today signed a new agreement between New Zealand and Viet Nam which will support Viet Nam’s rapidly growing aviation sector and create new opportunities for New Zealand businesses. Steven Joyce and Viet Nam Minister of Transport, H.E. Dinh La Thang signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Aviation Cooperation that allows for informatio...

Air New Zealand tipped to launch flights to Vietnam

Air New Zealand is expected to announce on Friday it will start flying to Vietnam. Sources say the national carrier will begin flying to the South East Asia destination in 2016. Ho Chi Minh City is the national gateway to Vietnam but it also has a major airport in Hanoi. SHANE WENZLICK/FAIRFAX NZ Air New Zealand chief strategy, networks and alliance officer Stephen Jones will make...

American, Qantas set to re-enter NZ-US market

There is growing speculation Qantas and American Airlines will launch new nonstop service from the New Zealand to the United States. The two carriers have called a media conference to be held in Wellington on Wednesday morning, where Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and his counterpart at American Doug Parker will “make an important announcement for the New Zealand market”. Amer...

Futuristic jetpack set for sale next year

The futuristic jetpack that can fly higher than the Burj Khalifa is set to go on sale next year with a price tag of more than US$200,000. And it runs on the same type of fuel used by your lawnmower. The Martin Jetpack will have a top speed of 74km per hour and will be able to fly as high as 3,000 feet. The New Zealand-based and Australia-listed company expects to go into commercial produc...

Air NZ buys 15 ATR 72-600s, shows strategic regional hand

Air New Zealand will become the world’s third largest ATR operator after placing a fresh order for 15 additional ATR 72-600 aircraft for delivery from late 2016. Eleven aircraft are earmarked to replace the airline’s nine- to 15-year-old ATR 72-500 fleet, while the remaining four are to enable expansion within regional New Zealand, Air NZ said on Thursday. The...

Air NZ Passengers Stuck on Tarmac Due to Missing Pilot

Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight were forced to wait for hours on the tarmac after a pilot failed to show up because he confused the time. The early-morning flight to Singapore was scheduled to leave Auckland International Airport at 1:15 a.m. on Monday. An Auckland Airport spokeswoman confirmed the flight, NZ282, did not depart until 4:38 a.m. A friend of one of the passenger...

Air New Zealand Gets Green Light for In-flight Device Use

Passengers on Air New Zealand's regional routes will soon be able to keep electronic devices switched on throughout their flight. The airline says from November 4, passengers on its regional turboprop fleet (ATR72-500 and 600, Q300 and Beech 1900D aircraft) will be able to keep their electronic devices on for the duration of their journey. The decision comes after approval by the Ne...