Sunday, April 22, 2018


Air NZ continues reign as Australia’s most reputable company

For the second consecutive year, proudly Kiwi airline Air New Zealand has been recognised as Australia’s most reputable company.

Auckland Airport appoints new GM operations

Auckland Airport has appointed Anna Cassels-Brown its new general manager of operations.

Pilots call for prohibition of laser devices

“We’ve Had Enough” NZ pilots call for the complete prohibition on possession of laser devices.

Air NZ on global Rolls-Royce engine issue

Air New Zealand is working closely with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce on a global issue involving some of the Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet.

TAIC: The Helicopter Line to review safety after four crashes

Queenstown's The Helicopter Line should review its safety systems after four "serious landing accidents" in three years, says the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

Aviation NZ: greater drone operator responsibility required

Operators must show greater responsibility in using their drones, says the NZ drone industry.

World’s Best Airlines: Where did TripAdvisor place Air NZ? (hint: it’s better than last...

Air New Zealand has scooped multiple categories in the second annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018 including being ranked second best of all airlines globally.

Air NZ announces new trans-Tasman routes

Air New Zealand will launch two new routes across the Tasman from December this year and add an extra 15% seat capacity across all its Tasman services year on year.

Fry: Airport extension vital if Wellington wants its fair share of tourism

Derek Fry, who finished his interim chief executive role at WREDA last week, argues the delayed Wellington Airport runway extension is important if the capital wants to get its fair share of tourism.

MoneyHub: NZ’s cheapest and most expensive flights revealed

MoneyHub has researched New Zealand’s cheapest and most expensive flights per kilometre flown.

Flight Centre ordered to pay $13m in penalties

The Full Federal Court of Australia has ordered Flight Centre to pay penalties totalling A$12.5m for attempting to induce three international airlines to enter into price fixing arrangements between 2005 and 2009.

Air NZ, Virgin Australia to end trans-Tasman alliance

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will end their trans-Tasman alliance in October this year following seven years of partnership.

Hawaiian Airlines expands flights, announces sports sponsorships

Hawaiian Airlines has announced its support for Netball in New Zealand via a major sponsorship of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and Northern Stars ANZ Premiership teams.

New Air NZ Chicago route to unlock North-Eastern US market

The introduction of a new non-stop service between Auckland and Chicago makes New Zealand "more accessible than ever" to the growing US visitor market.

Airways: Concern at increasing drone use in controlled airspace

Air traffic control organisation Airways New Zealand says it is concerned about an increasing number of drone sightings in controlled airspace.

Near miss: Pilots feared drone sucked into engine of Air NZ jet carrying 278

Air New Zealand has called for harsher penalties after a drone came so close to a 777-200 on its approach to Auckland Airport that pilots feared it had been ingested into one of the plane's engines.

Augusta closes capital raise for air traffic control centre

The money will fund the development of a new building on the existing title, an Air Traffic Control centre which will be leased to Airways for 25 years.

Chinese Auckland arrivals jump 19% for Jan-Feb

Auckland Airport showed a 19% increase in Chinese visitor arrivals over the combined January and February months this year compared to 2016. 

Christchurch Airport named one of world’s best

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

QLDC and QAC sign Wanaka Airport lease

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has confirmed that it has finalised the terms of a long-term lease with Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) for Wanaka Airport.

Sporting events, Chinese NY boost airport numbers

Chinese New Year and the Challenge Wanaka and NZ Golf Open sporting events have helped boost passenger numbers at Queenstown Airport in February.

Wellington flight path trial

A trial using satellite navigation technology to improve flight paths, reduce noise and improve the environment will commence in Wellington from September.

Airline operators sought to fill Air NZ gap at Kāpiti Coast Airport

Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says the Council is solutions focussed and taking action, following the announcement by Air New Zealand to suspend flights between the Kāpiti Coast and Auckland.

$7m from PGF for Northland airport, wharves upgrades

Bay of Islands Airport at Kerikeri is to receive $1.7m from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund to help with an upgrade of its terminal.

Self-piloted electric air taxi ‘Cora’ revealed in Canterbury

A self-piloted electric air taxi is being tested in Christchurch and hopes to be the first viable craft of its kind in commercial operation.

Kāpiti operators look to neighbours after Air NZ withdrawal

Kāpiti Coast tourism operators are seeking solutions from their regional neighbors following Air New Zealand's announced withdrawal from the region's airport.

Chinese visitors jump 30% to help lift CIAL profit

A jump in Chinese passenger numbers in the six months to December 2017 has helped Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) lift its interim revenue and profit.  

Harness the kids, then sit back, relax and enjoy your flight

Air New Zealand is to make flying with children slightly more bearable for parents and other passengers after developing a new way to tie the kids down.

Luxury chopper joins Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

The luxury helicopter is a Category A capable twin engine helicopter, engineered with world-class technology and the only one of its kind operating commercially in New Zealand.

Chinese fall fails to dent record Jan arrivals

The later start of Chinese New Year saw visitors from China drop by 28.4% at Auckland Airport in January compared to the same month last year.

Air NZ’s latest safety video

Air New Zealand has launched its latest safety video filmed mainly at Antarctica and starring American actor Adrian Grenier.

Report: Why clipboard went through Jetstar engine

A clipboard was sucked through a Jetstar plane engine damaging a fan blade as the Airbus A320 took off from Auckland Airport for Sydney.

Customs: Record summer at international airports

Customs processed nearly three-and-a-half million passengers through eGate facilities and counters at airports in a record summer operation.

Hamilton Airport wins from Auckland congestion

Congested Auckland roads may be contributing to an ongoing increase in air travellers choosing to use Hamilton Airport.

Air NZ: Obama visit a boost for NZ tourism

Former US President Barack Obama's visit to New Zealand in March will help raise the profile of New Zealand tourism, says Air New Zealand.

Kāpiti Coast Airport open day to mark Air NZ flight

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Mayor K Gurunathan will join other regional leaders, the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, and Air New Zealand to host an open day at Kāpiti Coast Airport.

Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights

Sounds Air have introduced an additional four flights a week from Wellington to Blenheim.

Air NZ reports profit fall, launches Taipei direct service

Air New Zealand has reported an interim net profit of $232m for the six months to December 2017, down 9.4% on the same period in 2016

Air New Zealand cancels services

Air New Zealand has cancelled a number of services scheduled for this afternoon as former Cyclone Gita approaches and weather conditions are forecast to deteriorate.

Queenstown Airport profit surges 43%, pays QLDC $750k

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has reported an interim net profit after tax of $8.8m for the six months to December 2017, up 43% on the previous corresponding period.

Emirates launches new Auckland to Bali route

Emirates has announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Auckland to Dubai via the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.

Retail, property income lift Auckland Airport revenue

Auckland Airport has reported underlying profit up 7.8% to $133.1m off revenue of $332.4m, up 6.9%, in its interim results for the six months to December 2017, driven by strong growth in retail and property income.

Airways: Airlines up for fuel windfall

Airlines flying to New Zealand could save millions in fuel costs if a test by air navigation service provider Airways proves successful.

Christchurch Airport preps for strongest ever Chinese NY

Forecast Chinese arrivals for the month of February are for up to 6000 visitor arrivals which is a growth of 50% compared to February 2017.

Auckland Airport to build distribution and support centre

Auckland Airport today announced that it will build a new 65,000m2 distribution centre and a support centre for Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

Auckland Airport reaches 1 million passengers per month, 10 million per year

Auckland Airport exceeded one million international passengers (excluding transits) in a single calendar month for the first time since the airport opened in 1966.

Starring role for NZ operator in latest Qantas safety video

Qantas has released its latest safety video and one iconic New Zealand operator gets a starring a role.

Auckland Airport takes to the streets to combat congestion

The airport is taking the increased passenger flow and logistics issues seriously, using a unique combination of traffic and passenger flow measurement technology.

Christchurch Airport: December busiest month ever

Statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record.

IATA: New Zealand tourism tax ‘ill-conceived’

Reports suggest the New Zealand government is considering imposing charge on international air travelers.

Queenstown Airport marks two millionth passenger

Queenstown Airport has welcomed its two millionth passenger this year in what it says is a "major milestone".

Air NZ has come second in EW’s best holiday commercials of 2017. Here’s number...

Air New Zealand’s ‘A Very Merry Mistake’ Christmas video has taken out the number two spot on Entertainment Weekly’s list of 2017’s best holiday commercials from around the world.

Air NZ behind the scenes: Sam Neill and Bryan Brown on ‘fush and chups’,...

Actors Sam Neill and Bryan Brown have reunited on-screen as the distinctive voices behind the latest instalment of Air New Zealand’s Better Way to Fly campaign.

Bula! Air New Zealand boosts Fiji flights from Christchurch

Air New Zealand will fly nearly 6000 extra seats on its seasonal service between Christchurch and Fiji in 2018, an increase of more than 40 percent.

The Hub opens at Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport has opened the doors to its first dedicated operations centre, The Hub.

Air NZ and Virgin boost Auckland-Brisbane services

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have announced changes to one of their key alliance routes driven by an improved demand outlook.

Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

Jetstar will operate between Wellington and Queenstown three times a week from March next year, providing travellers with a choice on the route for the first time since 2013.

NZ helicopter company wins international recognition

Christchurch Helicopters has won the prestigious Salute to Excellence “Humanitarian Service” Helicopter Association International award for 2018.

Air NZ charters aircraft to meet summer schedule

Air New Zealand has leased two aircraft to help maintain its timetable during the unscheduled maintenance of some Rolls-Royce engines on its 787-9 fleet.

Flights cancelled as engine problems snag Air NZ Dreamliners

Air New Zealand has been forced to cancel or delay flights because of problems with its Dreamliner fleet.

Boost to Auckland-Singapore services

Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have announced they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Auckland and Singapore from 28 October 2018, boosting capacity on the route by up to 40 percent and adding more than 165,000 seats annually between the two cities.

Queenstown Airport: Sustainable aviation hub for Wanaka welcomed

Queenstown Airport today welcomed a community-fostered vision to develop Wanaka Airport as a “sustainable aviation hub for the region”.

Airport advice for international travellers this summer

Auckland Airport advises passengers travelling internationally in December 2017 and January 2018 to allow an extra 30 minutes for their journey through the terminal building.

Milford Sound Scenic Flights expands fleet

Milford Sound Scenic Flights has added a 3rd Cessna Grand Caravan to its already impressive fleet of planes which currently comprises three GA8 Airvans, two Cessna Grand Caravans and three BN Islanders.

Air NZ’s Dreamliner goes year-round to Adelaide

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is set to become an even more frequent sight in the skies above Adelaide with the airline announcing plans to deploy the aircraft on the Auckland – Adelaide route year-round.

Singapore Airlines’ top holiday travel tips

With the festive season fast approaching, Kiwis are preparing to make the most of the traditional summer holiday period.

Strong Asian growth lifts passenger numbers

Strong growth from Asia and the later timing of school holidays in New Zealand saw Auckland Airport increase international passenger numbers by 6.8% in October, compared to the same month last year.

Air NZ starts exploring blockchain applications

Air New Zealand has partnered with Swiss travel start-up Winding Tree to explore applications based on blockchain technology.

Thai Airways daily Dreamliner adds 1200 seats a week

Thai Airways has launched daily Dreamliner flights between Auckland and Bangkok, giving New Zealand extra capacity to take advantage of fast-growing ties with Thailand.

Auckland Airport to open second stage, names retailers joining hub

Auckland Airport has announced further details of the upgrade of its international departure area, including some of the new brands that will feature in its international retail hub.

Tourism NZ launches Philippines jvs, signs airline MOU

New Zealand is becoming increasingly popular among Filipino travellers and visitor numbers are set to grow following the launch of several Tourism New Zealand ventures.

Biosecurity x-ray trial targets hand baggage

A new biosecurity x-ray machine targeting hand baggage carried by international air passengers will be trialled at Auckland Airport this summer.

Airways NZ reports strong full year result

The state-owned enterprise (SOE) achieved a Group Net Operating Profit after Tax (NOPAT) of $23.7 million in the financial year ending 30 June, 2017.

Air New Zealand first airline to join global EV movement

Reinforcing its leadership position in the shift to electric vehicles, Air New Zealand has been announced as the first airline to join The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

Air NZ lifts capacity by 90,000 seats for summer

The airline will operate 2.2 million seats across its domestic network over the peak December-January period, 90,000 more than the same period last year. 

Air New Zealand named top airline in Oceania

Air New Zealand has been named Best Airline in Oceania at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards.

New tracking technology for Air NZ cargo

Air New Zealand is rolling out new tracking technology which will allow the airline to more easily track and analyse the movements of cargo shipments and its cargo equipment worldwide.

Airwork to delist from NZX

China's Rifa Jair Company has taken full ownership of Airwork Holdings and will delist the company from the New Zealand Stock Exchange, NZX.

Wellington Airport: Runway extension vital for visitor economy

Wellington Airport has reported a net loss of $1.7m for the six months to September, up from the $5m loss made for the same period last year.

Warning to drone operators near Auckland Airport

Police are reminding drone operators of their responsibility to comply with Civil Aviation rules after two reported incidents near Auckland Aiport on Sunday evening.

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch

The 12-month arrivals-only flight paths trial will commence later this week and is part of a nationwide programme called New Southern Sky. names Air NZ Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand has been named the Airline of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by international aviation website

E tū challenges Aerocare after clipboard sucked into Jetstar engine

E tū Aviation is challenging the aviation ground crew company, Aerocare to reveal its training regime and working conditions after a clipboard was sucked into the engine of a Jetstar plane serviced by the company.

Air NZ’s Dreamliner touches down in Adelaide

Air New Zealand’s first scheduled Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service to Adelaide touched down shortly after 10.30am yesterday morning (local time) heralding a new era of comfort and service for South Australia.

Christchurch Airport 2040 revealed

Christchurch Airport has revealed its vision for the future with a Master Plan that envisages the airport's development to the year 2040. 

Queenstown Airport appoints new GM

Queenstown Airport has welcomed experienced aviation professional Olivia Pierre to the senior leadership team this week as General Manager, Commercial and Customer Experience.

Air NZ wins innovation award

Air New Zealand’s customer innovation programme has taken out the Innovation in Technology Solutions award at the annual New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last night.

Condé Nast Traveler readers name Air NZ world’s top airline

Air New Zealand has been named Top Airline in the World by prestigious US magazine Condé Nast Traveler in its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Air NZ offers extra flights for football fans

Air New Zealand is deploying additional capacity between Auckland and Wellington over the weekend of 11-12 November to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru in the FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff.

Jet fuel woes fail to slow Queenstown passenger traffic

Passenger numbers at Queenstown Aiport continued to climb in September with Auckland's jet fuel woes having little impact on traffic.

Queenstown Airport launches Chinese language website

Queenstown Airport has launched a microsite designed to assist Chinese-speaking visitors to more easily access important travel information online.

Air New Zealand’s AI chatbot Oscar says g’day to Australia

Air New Zealand’s artificial intelligence-backed chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango (Oscar for short) has received his first international promotion – beginning work online in Australia.

Auckland Airport closes $100m offer, taps Australia for $120m

Auckland Airport closes its $100m fixed-rate bond offer with interest set at 3.64% per annum and also taps Australia for extra $120m

Air New Zealand boosts Houston services

Air New Zealand will fly daily to Houston for most of next winter as demand for travel between New Zealand and Texas continues to soar.

Emirates ends Auckland to Australia flights

Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service.

Queenstown & Wanaka airports focus on safety

Queenstown and Wanaka airports will join airports and aviation-associated agencies around the globe to take part in Airport Safety Week, held 16-20 October 2017.

Airport seeks $100m in new six-year bond offer

Auckland International Airport is offering a new six-year fixed rate bond to raise up to $100m to help implement its $1.9bn infrastructure investment programme. 

Air NZ gets new-look Dreamliner, trials long haul wi-fi

Air NZ has taken delivery of the first of its new-look 787-9 Dreamliners and also starts trialling wi-fi on its 777-300 long-haul flights.

Outgoing Meridian CEO to join Auckland Airport board

Auckland Airport has announced that Mark Binns will join its Board on 1 April 2018 and Auckland Airport shareholders will be asked to approve his appointment.

Airport to oppose jet fuel, climate change, emissions resolutions

Auckland Airport will oppose resolutions put forward by a shareholder who says he wants the company to protect jet fuel supplies, cut carbon emissions and fund climate change initiatives.
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