Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Aviation

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.

Waikato RTO owner reports 60% profit jump, huge property uplift

Waikato Regional Airport Ltd Group (WRAL) has reported a pre-tax operating profit of $800,000 for the year to June, up 60% on last year's result.

Christchurch Airport recognised for support of South Island tourism

Christchurch Airport has been honoured for its support of South Island tourism.

Air NZ plugs in, brews fair trade and recycles cups, snacks

Air New Zealand has signalled its commitment to sustainability with a number of initiatives to reduce waste and emissions. 

New airport directors appointed

Queenstown Lakes District Council resolved to appoint two new directors for Queenstown Airport Corporation in November to replace retiring directors John Gilks and James Hadley.

Global experts join Air NZ’s sustainability panel

Air New Zealand has appointed British ecological economist Professor Tim Jackson and leading carbon emissions policy specialist Dr Suzi Kerr to its Sustainability Advisory Panel.

Auckland, Palmerston North And Wellington scoop awards

Wellington Airport was a double winner at this year’s New Zealand Airports Association Awards, claiming both the Community Engagement and Airline/Airport Collaboration prizes.

PGIC2017: 100m new passengers per year for APAC, says Boeing

The Asia Pacific region will add 100 million new airline passengers every year for the next 20 years, according to Boeing.

Air NZ: “Resilience, agility” sees it through jet fuel issue

Air New Zealand showed resilience and agility in dealing with the temporary shut‐down of the jet fuel pipeline from Marsden Point, says its CEO.

Warm welcome for icy traveller

As a gateway city to Antarctica, Christchurch embraces the southern continent, and is celebrating all things frozen in October.

Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti

Kāpiti and Porirua Chambers of Commerce have begun engaging with Air New Zealand to promote flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland, to drive demand for the local air service.

China’s Rifa moves for full takeover of INFLITE owner

China's Rifa Jair Company has moved to take full ownership of New Zealand’s largest general aviation company, which has extensive scenic tourism and charter flight interests.

Emirates’ additional Stockholm flights boost NZ connectivity

Emirates will introduce three additional flights per week to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing more choice for New Zealand travellers.

Tourism, conferences help fill Dunedin city coffers

Dunedin Venues Management, Taieri Gorge Railway and Dunedin Airport have helped boost Dunedin Council coffers.

Air NZ commits to Vietnam service for 2018

Air New Zealand has announced it will continue to operate its seasonal non-stop service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, following strong customer demand.

Hong Kong visitors, winter holidays boost passengers

Visitor growth from Hong Kong and winter holidays helped boost international passengers 5.4% at Auckland Airport in August compared to the same month last year.  

Wellington installs world’s first VR service experience

Wellington Airport has installed a new virtual reality experience that allows people to take an interactive trip across the world from the capital.

Jet fuel flows south after Marsden Point pipeline repaired

Fuel customers of Refining NZ have welcomed the successful completion of repairs to the pipeline, with fuel now flowing to the Wiri terminl in South Auckland.

Air NZ appoints Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer

Nick Judd has been appointed Air NZ's Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer.

Air NZ, govt scramble to help travellers as disruptions deepen

Flight disruptions are set to continue this week leaving thousands of travellers stranded or forced to rearrange plans because of the jet fuel crisis.

USA, Aussie passengers rise as Chinese fall at Queenstown

Passenger numbers at Queenstown Airport jumped to 189,040 for August, up 12% on the same month last year.

Air NZ’s McDowall to take CFO role

Air New Zealand's Jeff McDowall is to take over the chief financial officer role at the airline from Rob McDonald.

Bennett: Industry can manage pipe fault disruption

The shutting of the fuel pipe from oil refinery Marsden Point is disrupting flights and travel plans for thousands of travellers across New Zealand and Australia.

Auckland Airport nominates Julia Hoare to its board

Auckland Airport has announced that its Board has unanimously nominated Julia Hoare to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2017 annual meeting.

APAC aviation growth presents training opportunities for NZ

Reports released internationally in recent months about the growth in Asia Pacific aviation suggest that our aviation training sector has a bright future

SkyBus set to reach one million passengers

SkyBus has announced that its annual passenger count has increased by a significant 11% in the last 12 months.

Moana Reo Māori takes to the skies with Air NZ

The te reo Māori version of Academy Award® nominated Disney animated film Moana Reo Māori will be featured on Air New Zealand flights from November this year.

Kia Ora a winner at Magazine Media Awards

Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine Kia Ora has taken out the Best Owned Media/Custom Publishing Brand award at the 2017 Magazine Media Awards held in Auckland.

Major Hawke’s Bay Airport expansion announced

Strong passenger growth and the resulting demands on existing airport infrastructure has led Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited to finalise plans for a major airport terminal expansion.

New $4m Strata Lounge for international passengers

As part of its major upgrade of the international departure experience, Auckland Airport has opened a new $4 million, 185-seat lounge for international passengers, known as the “Strata Lounge”.

Passengers, property drive 50% profit surge at Christchurch Airport

A record number of passengers and strong property growth have helped Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) report net profit after tax of $64.6m for the year ended June, up 50% on last year's result.

UAL to resume Auckland-San Francisco non-stop service

United Airlines to resume Auckland-San Francisco non-stop service with Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft.

Air NZ draws giant heart in the sky for Koru Care

Air New Zealand has operated a special Koru Care Dreamliner flight – taking kids on a mystery journey that drew a 440 km long and 483 km wide heart shape across New Zealand.

ClearPoint appoints Air NZ’s Digital GM Hamish Rumbold as CEO

New Zealand software engineering specialists ClearPoint are marking their 10th birthday milestone with an exciting announcement - the appointment of their new CEO Hamish Rumbold.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island. 

Queenstown Airport seeks views on Master Plan

The Master Plan will provide a roadmap for sustainable airport growth, covering areas such as infrastructure development, noise planning and transport connectivity.

Record low Emirates airfare to Europe

Early bird season is in full flight with House of Travel releasing return economy airfares to Europe from just $1,499 per person aboard Emirates.

Air NZ scoops Empowerment Award

Air New Zealand has been recognised for its efforts in empowering women in its workplace by Diversity Works New Zealand.

Air NZ to operate more Dreamliners to Samoa

Air New Zealand is to further grow its operations to Samoa with a move to fly up to six Dreamliner services a week to Apia during the peak season.

Air NZ launches first ever global brand campaign

Air New Zealand is poised to launch its first ever global brand campaign showing international travellers why the airline is A Better Way to Fly to New Zealand.

Queenstown, Auckland airports reap bumper profits

Queenstown and Auckland airports have reported bumper profits driven by tourism and increased capacity. 

Air NZ profit falls 17.5% to $382m

Air New Zealand’s earnings before tax have fallen by 20.5% to $527m for the year ended June 2017.

Air NZ, CommBank explore the future with social robots

Air New Zealand customers at Sydney Airport will get to experience the role robots may play in future travel journeys this week.

Tourism operators secure Christchurch Airport support

Four more South Island tourism companies have been named as recipients of the ‘New Horizons Fund’ support programme.

Increased flights on Bangkok to Auckland route

Auckland Airport has welcomed the announcement by Thai Airways that it will increase flights on its Bangkok to Auckland service.

Queenstown Airport reports record July

July was a record month for Queenstown Airport, reaching over 200,000 total monthly passenger numbers for the first time.

Airport welcomes direct flights on Manila to Auckland route

Auckland Airport has welcomed the announcement by Philippine Airlines that it will introduce a direct flight on its Manila to Auckland route.

Air NZ hosts inflight gig to celebrate Spotify playlists

Kiwi band Sons of Zion will performed live on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Christchurch yesterday as the airline celebrated the release of its official Spotify profile and playlists.

Auckland Airport partners with AOE

Auckland Airport has announced a new partnership with AOE, a leading global technology service provider, to create a ‘multi-retailer mall’.

Wanaka Airport appoints operations manager

Experienced airport and aviation professional Daniel Debono will join the Wanaka Airport team early in 2018 as Operations Manager.

Singapore Airlines launches HighFlyer programme for SMEs

Singapore Airlines has launched an all-new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for SMEs to get more mileage out of flights on company business.

Air NZ to fly almost 60,000 extra seats to Hawaii

Air New Zealand will fly almost 60,000 additional seats between Auckland and Honolulu from April to October next year, an increase of 75 percent compared with this year.PRESS

Air NZ increases capacity on Vancouver route

Air New Zealand is growing its Vancouver-Auckland operation by nearly 20 percent from January – July 2018, providing customers with greater choice and flexibility.

Kāpiti narrative key to growing air services

Air New Zealand has congratulated Kāpiti on its growing momentum and says the airline is committed to working with stakeholders to grow tourism in the region.

Domestic capacity boost lifts Air NZ passengers to 1.36m

Air New Zealand carried 1,357,000 passengers during the month of June, an increase of 8.3% compared to the same period last year.

Air NZ gears up for summer with 180K extra seats

Air New Zealand is gearing up for a bumper summer, adding more flights to its domestic schedule to deliver 180,000 extra seats.

QLDC: No action to be taken for night flight breach

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will not take any enforcement in relation to a breach of curfew by the Queenstown Airport Corporation.

Air NZ’s Roger Gray wins PM’s scholarship

Air New Zealand's group general manager airports, Roger Grey, has won one of 14 government business scholarships.

Auckland Airport International Travel Summit – May 2018

The Auckland Airport International Travel Summit will be held on Monday 7th May 2018 at the Glenroy Auditorium at the Dunedin Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Auckland Airport international arrivals up 21%

International arrivals were up by 21% in June 2017 with the British & Irish Lions rugby tour a key contributor to this growth with arrivals from the UK and Ireland up by 265%.

Air NZ nearly doubles capacity to Bali

Air New Zealand has announced it will nearly double capacity on its seasonal Auckland to Denpasar service in 2018 and will also extend the season it flies there by almost two months.

Air NZ takes off for downtown Tokyo

Air New Zealand’s inaugural service to Haneda Tokyo departed on Friday with the Boeing 787-9 aircraft scheduled to touch down in Tokyo at 11.00pm (local time).

Singapore Airlines re-times Wellington flights

Singapore Airlines today announced flights SQ291/292 will be retimed from 28 October 2017 following a review of the ‘Capital Express’ service.

Counties Power sparks change at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport's Judy Nicholl, general manager aeronautical operations, is to leave the company in October 2017 to become the chief executive of Counties Power.

Domestic passengers surge as Queenstown reports record

Queenstown Airport has reported another record rise in passengers with 1.89m travelling through its Frankton terminal in the year to June, up 15% compared to the previous corresponding period.

Gisborne airport owner reports record revenue

Eastland Group recorded another strong business performance in the year to March 2017. Income increased to a record $76.2 million, with an audited profit of $14.8 million.

Air New Zealand – a year in numbers

As the new financial year gets underway Air New Zealand has been looking back over key customer data from the past 12 months to reveal interesting insights into travellers’ habits and preferences.

Air NZ wins court battle against pilots

Air New Zealand has won a Supreme Court appeal which ruled against the country's largest pilots' union.

Air NZ’s ‘Whirl-Win’ goes on tour

In celebration of its 11th birthday, Grabaseat's birthday sale today is the site’s biggest ever, with 1,000 domestic fares priced from $1 and special offers to Asia, Australia, the Americas and the Pacific.

A fantastical reaction to Air NZ’s latest safety video

The world’s eyes are on New Zealand thanks to Air New Zealand’s new safety video A Fantastical Journey which is already a global success with 12.3 million views since its release yesterday.

Serko and Air NZ partner to power business travel

Serko, a leader in integrated travel and expense management applications, announced today that it has partnered with Air New Zealand to provide Air New Zealand’s rich content and services to both Serko and Air New Zealand business customers.

‘Improving Performance’ the theme of Aviation NZ Conference

‘Improving Performance’ is the theme of the 2017 Aviation NZ Conference to be held at the Distinction in Hamilton on 24 and 25 July.

Air NZ’s ‘Fantastical Journey’

Air New Zealand has teamed up with American actors Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. for its latest safety video A Fantastical Journey.

Queenstown Airport: Out-of-hours departure investigated

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has completed its investigation into the after-dark flight which departed 13 minutes outside the airport’s consented operating hours on 20 May 2017.

Air NZ touches down at Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Air New Zealand flight touched down on Friday morning at Sunshine Coast Airport, bringing the first of thousands of visitors for the season from across the Tasman.

Air NZ introduces smart passport service

Turning up to the airport with an expired passport will be a thing of the past for Air New Zealand customers, with the airline’s mobile app now able to scan and save passport information and send a timely reminder when it’s time to renew.

Airport visitors can now tap & go

Visitors to Queenstown Airport will now have a more convenient way to pay for car parking following the installation of new technology and Tap & Go facilities earlier this month.

LANZBC event to celebrate South America route

The LANZBC invites you to join us in a celebration of the success of Air New Zealand’s direct route to Buenos Aires.

Airways CEO appointed

Airways NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of Graeme Sumner to the role of CEO.

New GM aeronautical commercial for Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport has announced the appointment of Scott Tasker as its new general manager aeronautical commercial.

Lions lift Wellington Airport to busiest days ever

It was the busiest weekend ever for Wellington Airport with 45,000 passengers travelling through its gates.

Take-off confirmed for Flight to the Lights II

Flight to the Lights II is set to take place on a Dreamliner in 2018 following the sold-out inaugural Aurora Australis viewing trip this year.

Air NZ’s OneSmart travel card recognised

Air New Zealand has scooped the Canstar Travel Money Awards with its OneSmart card awarded Travel Money Card of the Year.

Rare WOW footage released

Rare and historic footage from two of the very earliest Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshows has been uncovered and released on DVD for the first time.

Queenstown Airport soars with 17% jump in passengers

Queenstown Airport’s total passengers jumped by 17.1% to 119,231 in May 2017, compared to the same month last year, according to owner Auckland Airport in its latest traffic update.

Last week to apply for Auckland Airport development grants

Applications for Auckland Airport's fifth annual round of Tourism Development Grants close at the end of this week.

Air NZ domestic demand jumps 12%

Air New Zealand carried 1,165,000 passengers during the month of May, an increase of 8.7% compared to the same period last year.

Norfolk Island Airlines is Auckland Airport’s 30th partner

The arrival into Auckland of a chartered Nauru Airlines B737-300 from Norfolk Island would not have turned many heads on Saturday afternoon.

Air NZ gets ‘Green Light’ for Lorde premiere

From today Air New Zealand will be the first airline in the world to feature Kiwi singer Lorde’s newly released second album Melodrama as part of its inflight entertainment offering.

Auckland Airport wins two international awards

Auckland Airport has won two international awards, with the company being named Australasia’s Leading Airport 2017 in the World Travel Awards and placing ninth in the world in the 2017 AirHelp rankings for airport excellence.
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