Media Releases - 2003

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December 2003
  • Dec
    23
    New Era for Wanaka as Air New Zealand Announces Daily Flights

    Wanaka is set to reap significant benefits from Air New Zealand's decision to invest further in the Queenstown Lakes district by commencing daily Christchurch to Wanaka return flights from 19th March next year.

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  • Dec
    15
    Air New Zealand Acknowledges Significant Day for Aviation

    This week, 17 December 2003, marks the centenary of "first powered flight" in a fully controllable aircraft - the Wright brothers' Kitty Hawk Flyer - which sustained itself in the air for twelve seconds and flew 120 feet. Of the four test flights made that day by Orville and Wilbur Wright, the longest was 852 feet at a speed of some 34 mph.

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  • Dec
    10
    Air New Zealand Appoints New Managers

    Following on from the launch of Air New Zealand's new four-year strategy for its core airline business, the company has today announced as part of that strategy, the management team that will be responsible for the day to day operation of the business and who will report to the senior executive team.

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  • Dec
    6
    Star Alliance creates Fuel Purchasing Entity

    The chief executives of the Star Alliance today announced the foundation of a joint company to manage the procurement of jet fuel at selected airports around the world.

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  • Dec
    6
    Star Alliance Is Supporting Japan's Efforts To Promote Tourism From Overseas

    The chief executives of the Star Alliance today announced Star Alliance Visit Japan Campaign 2004, developed in support of the "Yokoso Japan" (Welcome to Japan) campaign introduced recently by the Japanese government to increase tourism from overseas.

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  • Dec
    6
    Star Alliance Announces Global Electronic Ticketing

    The member airlines of Star Alliance, the global airline network, have today agreed on a plan to implement global electronic ticketing capabilities by the end of 2004.

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October 2003
  • Oct
    23
    Air New Zealand disappointed with Commerce Commission decision

    Air New Zealand today announced that it would be closely examining the New Zealand Commerce Commission's decision before deciding whether to file an appeal with the High Court.

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  • Oct
    23
    Media Advisory: Media and Analyst Briefing

    Air New Zealand Chairman John Palmer today expressed disappointment at the New Zealand Commerce Commission's ruling on the proposed alliance with Qantas.

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  • Oct
    22
    Chairman's Address to Annual Shareholders' Meeting

    The following is the address by the Chairman of Air New Zealand, John Palmer, to the Annual Shareholders' Meeting held today in Auckland:

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  • Oct
    22
    CEO's Presentation to Annual Shareholders' Meeting

    The following is the presentation by the CEO of Air New Zealand, Ralph Norris, to the Annual Shareholders' Meeting held today in Auckland:

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  • Oct
    20
    Annual Shareholders' Meeting

    Air New Zealand's Annual Shareholders' Meeting will be held at 2pm on October 22, 2003.

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  • Oct
    14
    Air New Zealand Announces Its Strategy For Growth

    Air New Zealand is about to go through a period of significant and exciting change, CEO and Managing Director Ralph Norris said today.

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September 2003
  • Sep
    16
    Air New Zealand Becomes Proud Owner of its First Airbus Aircraft

    A few hours ago, on the other side of the world, Air New Zealand CEO Ralph Norris officially took delivery of the first of the airline's A320 aircraft from Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, Noël Forgeard, at a special ceremony held at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

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  • Sep
    16
    Annual Report now on Website
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  • Sep
    16
    Photos from Air New Zealand Airbus A320 Delivery Ceremony in France

    Further to the media release sent this morning, please find attached two photos from the delivery ceremony of Air New Zealand's first Airbus A320 aircraft held in Toulouse, France this morning (NZ time).

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  • Sep
    9
    Air New Zealand and Qantas to Appeal ACCC Decision

    Air New Zealand and Qantas have today announced that they will apply for review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) decision to turn down the airlines' application for authorisation to form a strategic alliance.

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  • Sep
    8
    Air New Zealand Counts Down to Delivery of First Airbus Aircraft

    A team of Air New Zealand pilots, cabin crew and engineers left late last week for the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France where they will undertake the final preparations for the delivery of the airline's first new A320 aircraft. The aircraft will be handed over at a special ceremony in Toulouse on 15 September.

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August 2003
  • Aug
    28
    Air New Zealand Reports Good Progress

    Air New Zealand today announced a profit of $220.3 million before unusuals and tax for the year ended June 30, 2003, up $187.3 million (567 percent) on the previous financial year.

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  • Aug
    25
    Closing Address to Commerce Commission Hearing by Chairman John Palmer

    Madam Chair, Commissioners… In closing our case, I don't want to add to the mountain of information you already have, but rather to distil this case down to it's essential elements, and focus on the issues and questions that are at the heart of this application.

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  • Aug
    20
    Media Advisory: Alliance Would Boost Tourism

    New Zealand's tourism industry will receive a large boost from an alliance between Air New Zealand and Qantas, the Commerce Commission hearing was told today.

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  • Aug
    19
    Media Advisory: Impact Of Value Based Airlines (VBA)

    Air New Zealand's Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Miller, and Airline Planning Group Managing Director David Bental this morning gave evidence on the impact of Value Based Airlines, such as easyJet, Virgin Blue and Southwest Airlines, at the Commerce Commission hearing on the proposed alliance with Qantas.

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  • Aug
    18
    Media Advisory: Summary Of Evidence Presented To The Commerce Commission Hearing By Dr Michael Tretheway
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  • Aug
    18
    Media Advisory: Summary Of Air New Zealand CEO Ralph Norris's Evidence Presented To The Commerce Commission Hearing
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  • Aug
    13
    Tasman Express Breaks All Records

    Air New Zealand's new Tasman Express service is a record breaker.

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  • Aug
    7
    Extra Flights For All Blacks Supporters

    Support for the All Blacks has seen Air New Zealand put on an extra 12 flights to carry rugby fans to and from Saturday's Tri Nations Test against the Springboks in Dunedin.

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July 2003
  • Jul
    31
    Profit Forecast Reconfirmed

    The following statement has been made to the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges.

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  • Jul
    30
    Security Measures

    In response to an advisory from the United States Department of Homeland Security, Air New Zealand can confirm that it will be implementing new security measures on some of its international flights.

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  • Jul
    21
    Countdown to Airbus A320

    Out of the factory and into the skies!

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  • Jul
    1
    New Air New Zealand Training Centre Opens

    Today, Air New Zealand officially opened its new Training Centre in Mangere at a special function hosted by the airline's Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Ralph Norris and attended by the Associate Minister of Transport, Hon.Harry Duynhoven.

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June 2003
  • Jun
    23
    Air New Zealand Alliance With Qantas Preferable To Failure, Merger, Or Ongoing State Subsidies

    Statement made by Ralph Norris, Managing Director & CEO Air New Zealand Limited.

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May 2003
  • May
    16
    Air New Zealand Appoints New Executive

    Air New Zealand Managing Director and Chief Executive Ralph Norris today announced the appointment of Vanessa Stoddart as the company's new Senior Vice President Human Resources and Organisational Change.

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  • May
    15
    Air New Zealand Extends International Capacity Reductions

    Air New Zealand announced today that the airline has reduced its international capacity through to the end of September 2003, following a longer term analysis of forward bookings based on the continued general downturn in demand for travel on some international routes, in particular to those Asian countries affected by SARS.

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  • May
    5
    Air New Zealand makes further adjustments to its Hong Kong Schedule

    Air New Zealand announced today that the continued low level of bookings on the Hong Kong route has resulted in the airline making further adjustments to its Auckland-Hong Kong services for May and June 2003.

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April 2003
  • Apr
    23
    Update on Capacity Reductions and Earnings Guidance

    Air New Zealand announced today that the continued softening of forward bookings on some international routes due to the effects of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has resulted in the airline making further cancellations of some services for May and June, in addition to those previously announced. These changes, along with those announced 31 March, represent a 7% reduction in total available capacity across the airline's international network (as measured in available seats per kilometre).

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  • Apr
    3
    Air New Zealand Continues to Operate Services to Asian Ports

    Air New Zealand advises that it continues to operate services to the Asian region although a softening of forward bookings for the Japan and Hong Kong routes has resulted in cancellation of some flights in May and June, as announced last week.

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March 2003
  • Mar
    17
    Air New Zealand Responds to WHO Travel Advisory

    Air New Zealand is today responding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) travel advisory issued over the weekend. The airline will take all steps to ensure that it follows the precautionary world-wide directives outlined in order to avoid further spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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February 2003
  • Feb
    27
    Air New Zealand Reports $94 Million Profit

    Air New Zealand has reported a Net profit after Tax of $94 million for the six months ending 31 December 2002.

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  • Feb
    27
    Interim Results F/Y 2003

    To read a media release and the commentaries by the Chairman and the Managing Director of Air New Zealand on the first half results for the financial year ending June 30, 2003, click here.

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  • Feb
    10
    Air New Zealand to Suspend Sydney - Los Angeles Services

    Air New Zealand has announced the suspension of its direct flights from Sydney to Los Angeles effective after the last flight on 27 April. This move will enable Air New Zealand to focus on operating its increased Auckland - Los Angeles services from 14 to 17 per week as from April 2003, as announced last month.

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January 2003
  • Jan
    13
    Air New Zealand Expands Code Share Relationship with Air Canada

    Air New Zealand will expand its current code share relationship with Air Canada as from 23 January, to include seating on Air Canada flights from Los Angeles to Calgary and Montreal, as well as the airline's services operating to Vancouver and Toronto from Los Angeles.

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