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Safe Travel Zone Prompts Quarantine-Free Flights to Australia

A glimmer of hope for a return to some kind of normality in the Trans-Tasman aviation market came a few days ago on Oct. 16, when Air New Zealand and Jetstar started operating flights under the new “Safe Travel Zone” agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand governments. At the beginning of October, the two countries on each side of the Tasman Sea agreed to allow some “quarantine-free” flights to allow people from Auckland, New Zealand, to travel to…

Air New Zealand Planning More Australia Flights as Quarantine Period…

After a seven-month hiatus, the Australian government announced that New Zealand citizens are granted to travel New South Wales and Northern Territory without a 14-day quarantine. The new policy begins on Oct. 16 as New Zealand’s coronavirus curve has been flattened. However, Australians are not being allowed to travel to…

Air New Zealand Decides To Ground Entire 777 Fleet

Air New Zealand has officially announced it will ground its entire Boeing B777 fleet until as early as September 2021. The airline initially grounded seven of its B777-300ER aircraft, earlier in May until the end of 2020, while its eight B777-200s have been sent to longterm storage overseas to Roswell,…

Air New Zealand Sees Business Travel Increase

As demand slowly starts to recover following the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been mainly focused on leisure travel. Demand for business travel has remained minimal and looks to remain that way for the near-term as many companies continue to promote remote working and are hesitant to require workers to travel.…

Qatar Airways Becomes Third Airline to Suspend Its Route to…

Qatar Airways joins Air New Zealand and Emirates in announcing that it will halt flights to Argentina. The three airlines confirmed that operations will not be resumed to the South American country even after the restrictions for commercial flights ends. On April 24 earlier this year Air New Zealand was…

Aircraft in New Zealand Slowly Return to The Sky

After months of the coronavirus outbreak, Air New Zealand has announced that additional frequencies of domestic flights will be added in July and August. The airline will operate around 55 percent of its usual capacity compared to before-pandemic levels. Scott Carr, General Manager of the airline said, “We’ve been encouraged…

Air New Zealand Pushes Back International Schedule Resumption, Defers Aircraft…

Air New Zealand has announced it will be pushing back the restart of international operations. Though the carrier had previously stated its plans to resume international flights by June 30, this has now been pushed back until August as demand levels remain low. From August 30, the Auckland-based carrier will…

Exclusive: An Interview with Air New Zealand’s CRO

The effects of the coronavirus crisis on air transport demand are well known by now. A sheer drop in demand, combined with a very high number of booking cancellations has brought airline traffic to an all-time low. As a result, countries quickly reacted to ensure the survival of such companies…

Opinion: Economy Needs Innovation, and Air New Zealand Continues to…

The core principle of the economy seat has remained the same for decades. While, yes, seats have begun to get tighter — both in terms of legroom and width — the seats themselves still hold the same general form and serve the same purpose. Innovation has come, though it has…

Air New Zealand Cancels Peak Season Flights Due to Continued…

As a result of the continued issues facing Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines, Air New Zealand has announced dozens of flights will be canceled in December and January. Rolls-Royce is requiring the airline, which has 10 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft fitted with the Trent 1000 engines, to implement additional maintenance due to…