Monday, December 18, 2017
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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.

AirlineRatings.com 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 AirlineRatings.com.

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.

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.
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