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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...

Air NZ forecasts $400mln first half pre-tax profit

Air New Zealand expects to almost double pre-tax profit in the first half of 2015/16 as the airline benefits from lower fuel prices, a simplified fleet and a “buoyant” tourism market. The Star Alliance carrier had guided the market to expect “significant earnings growth” in the current year at its 2014/15 results presentation in August and chairman Tony Carter...

Air NZ Passengers Stranded in Hong Kong Return Home

Air New Zealand passengers who had to spend a night sleeping on chairs at Hong Kong Airport are back in New Zealand. Eighty travellers spent the night camped out at the airport after flight NZ80 was cancelled due to engineering issues. The airline was unable to find accommodation for them because Hong Kong was booked out with a festival and national holiday. Flight NZ80 was supp...

Air NZ Passengers Stranded in Hong Kong

Unimpressed Air New Zealand passengers have expressed their disdain after spending the night stranded in Hong Kong's airport. Flight NZ80 was due to leave Hong Kong for Auckland at 7:00 p.m. local time (midnight Saturday New Zealand time) but after two hours of waiting onboard passengers were told the plane had engine failure. Passengers told NZHerald.co.nz they were fed up with a lack o...

Drone Has Near Miss with Air NZ Plane

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association says it is "very worried" after a drone had a near miss with a commercial flight in controlled airspace above Christchurch. The pilot of an Air New Zealand A320, with 166 passengers on board, reported sighting a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System flying in controlled air space north of Christchurch at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday night. C...