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An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

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

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 resume a reduced international schedule with four weekly flights from Auckland to Sydney, three between Auckland and Melbourne and Brisbane and one weekly service between Norfolk, Brisbane and Sydney. The…

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…

Air New Zealand Adds Newark, Ends London to Los Angeles…

Air New Zealand has announced that it will be commencing service from Auckland to Newark, N.J. pending regulatory approval. The flight will be operated three times a week, year-round and will be flown on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft. In creating the new route, the carrier will also be ending…

Air New Zealand Confirms Purchase of Eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

Air New Zealand has finalized an order for eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners to expand its current Dreamliner fleet consisting solely of the Dash 9 variant. The order is valued at $2.7 billion and comes despite the airline's net profit dropping during the latest financial year. The deal gives the airline…

Air New Zealand Pursues Second Airport in Auckland

Air New Zealand has suggested that Whenuapai Airport could be the site for a secondary airport for Auckland, the country's largest city. Now a base for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the airport was previously a commercial airport until 1965, at which point the transition to a military base…

Opinion: Now Is Not the Time for Free Wi-Fi

Earlier this week, Air New Zealand announced it would begin offering free Wi-Fi on all flights that feature properly equipped aircraft, effective immediately. The airline's newly delivered Airbus A320neo family aircraft are already equipped and the airline is working on adding the proper hardware to its Boeing 777 fleet before…

Air New Zealand to Cut Growth, Defers Aircraft Orders

After launching a review of operations in January, Air New Zealand has announced that it will be reducing its growth targets and deferring delivery of future aircraft. The decision comes after the carrier reduced its pre-tax earnings guidance from between NZ$425 million ($288 million USD) and NZ$525 million ($356 million…

Air New Zealand’s Longest Flight Departs for Chicago

Air New Zealand's newest route from Chicago to Auckland took off at 5 p.m. yesterday as what is now the carrier's longest route, overtaking Air New Zealand's previous longest route from Auckland to Houston. The flight, NZ26, is estimated to take slightly over 16 hours, whereas the flight time for…