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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...

Airport Extension Would Link Wellington with Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai

Direct flights to Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai could be on the cards for the capital if an extension to WellingtonAirport's runway goes ahead, the council has heard. But any decision to proceed with the NZ$300 million move will have to be made without an airline being locked-in to start operating the long-haul flights. Wellington City councillors were told on Thursday that the city wou...

United to return to NZ from July 2016

United is returning to New Zealand for the first time in 13 years with a new San Francisco-Auckland service due to start on July 3 2016. The flights will initially operate three times a week with Boeing 787-8s before increasing to daily from October 30 2016 with the larger 787-9 Dreamliner. United said its flights would be operated in coordination with fellow Star Alliance member Air New Zea...

Passengers on Flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur Stuck in Airport Limbo

Passengers of a cancelled Malaysia Airlines flight have spent the last day in limbo at Auckland Airport. Flight MH130 from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was scheduled to depart on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. An Auckland woman, who was booked on the flight, said departure was initially delayed by half an hour. Then it was an hour, then three. Eventually, staff told the waiting passenge...

Jetstar heading to the Cook Islands

Jetstar is expanding its international network from New Zealand beyond trans-Tasman routes with new flights to the Cook Islands starting in March 2016. The three times a week service between Auckland and Rarotonga will be operated by Airbus A320s and is Jetstar’s first non-Australian international destination from NZ since it dropped direct Auckland-Singapore services in July 2014. The...