Media Releases - 2008

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December 2008
  • Dec
    23
    Air New Zealand and partners ready for biofuel test flight

    The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel is ready to go next Tuesday, 30 December 2008.

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  • Dec
    22
    Air New Zealand Earns Top Marks From Business Traveler Magazine For The Third Straight Year…more
  • Dec
    19
    Air New Zealand purchases Boeing 787 and 777-300 simulators

    Air New Zealand has purchased Boeing 787 and Boeing 777-300 full-flight simulators to be based at its Auckland simulator centre.

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  • Dec
    15
    Air cargo proceedings

    Air New Zealand shares the New Zealand Commerce Commission view that cartels are insidious and anti-competitive and that any price fixing activities should be prosecuted by the appropriate authorities.

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  • Dec
    10
    New date announced for Air New Zealand biofuel test flight

    The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel will take place on 30 December.

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  • Dec
    7
    15:12
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    The family and friends of the New Zealanders lost in the A320 accident in France have started the process of travelling home to be reunited with loved ones.

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  • Dec
    5
    08:23
    Family, Friends and Colleagues Remember in Perpignan

    More than 20 family and friends together with Air New Zealand and government support teams gathered on Canet Beach this afternoon to remember the five New Zealanders and two German pilots tragically lost in the Airbus A320 accident last Thursday, 27 November (French time).

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  • Dec
    2
    13:28
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    More than 20 family and friends of the New Zealanders lost in the A320 accident will be in Perpignan by tomorrow.

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  • Dec
    2
    10:28
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    Air New Zealand can confirm that French search and rescue divers have found a third body and the cockpit of the A320.

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  • Dec
    1
    Biofuel Test Flight Postponed

    Air New Zealand advises that it is postponing its biofuel test flight which was due to take place on Wednesday 3 December, and also the pre-flight briefing on Tuesday 2 December, to early January 2009.

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November 2008
  • Nov
    30
    20:47
    Statement from Murray White's parents

    Mike and Colleen White, the parents of Murray White, have asked Air New Zealand to issue the following statement on their behalf:

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  • Nov
    30
    13:52
    Brian Horrel tribute on behalf of Shellie and the family

    The following statement is issued on behalf of Captain Brian Horrell's wife, Shellie, and the family. The statement was written with the support of some of Brian's closest colleagues.

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  • Nov
    30
    12:20
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident - Statement from Murray White's partner

    Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe has arrived in Perpignan this evening with family members of missing Auckland-based Air New Zealand engineer Murray White.

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  • Nov
    30
    08:07
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    French search and rescue divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the A320 that was lost in the Mediterranean on Friday.

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  • Nov
    29
    20:30
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    Family members of two of the five New Zealanders lost in the A320 crash will travel to France tonight.

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  • Nov
    29
    13:28
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    French search and rescue teams are working in deteriorating weather conditions to try and retrieve the two flight recorders from the A320 on lease to Germany's XL Airways that was lost in the Mediterranean yesterday.

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  • Nov
    29
    09:00
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    French authorities have now advised Air New Zealand that it should not expect there to be any survivors after its Airbus A320 that was on lease to XL Airways of Germany was lost in the Mediterranean yesterday.

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  • Nov
    29
    06:00
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    French search and rescue authorities have advised they now have locator signals from the two black box flight recorders from the Airbus A320 that was on lease to XL Airways of Germany and lost in the Mediterranean yesterday.

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  • Nov
    28
    21:46
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    Air New Zealand has a support team in place in Perpignan, with New Zealand-based staff including Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe en-route to France as search and rescue efforts continue.

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  • Nov
    28
    17:24
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    Air New Zealand can now confirm the name of its fourth staff member who is missing after our Airbus A320 on lease to XL Airways from Germany was lost in the Mediterranean Sea this morning.

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  • Nov
    28
    14:38
    Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update

    Air New Zealand can now advise the names of its staff who are missing after our Airbus A320 on lease to XL Airways from Germany was lost in the Mediterranean Sea this morning.

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  • Nov
    28
    08:29
    Airbus A320 Incident in France

    An Airbus A320 operated by XL Airways of Germany has been lost in the Mediterranean.

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  • Nov
    26
    Air New Zealand biofuel test flight all set

    The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel is ready to go next Wednesday 3 December 2008.

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  • Nov
    11
    World first flight to take off on 3 December

    The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel will take place on 3 December 2008.

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October 2008
  • Oct
    29
    Air New Zealand Sustainable Biofuel Test Flight Update

    The world's first commercial aviation flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel moved a step closer this week.

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  • Oct
    8
    Bald heads wanted for a change…more
September 2008
  • Sep
    26
    More Premium Economy seats from Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand is to double the number of available Pacific Premium Economy seats on its fleet of eight 777-200ER aircraft in line with unprecedented demand.

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  • Sep
    19
    Air New Zealand launches specialist aircraft interior design business

    Air New Zealand has created a standalone company with 50 staff to capture opportunities in the global aircraft interior design business.

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  • Sep
    16
    Air New Zealand fits winglets to reduce fuel, emissions

    Air New Zealand estimates it will save more than NZ$7.5 million in fuel and 16,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by fitting performance-enhancing blended winglets on to its five Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

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  • Sep
    16
    Air New Zealand installs dryers to cut aircraft emissions

    Air New Zealand is reinforcing its claim to the title of the world's most environmentally responsible airline by installing new equipment that will reduce the carbon emissions from its international jet fleet.

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August 2008
  • Aug
    26
    Air New Zealand bio fuel trial on track for year-end

    Air New Zealand is a step closer to its bio-fuel test flight using a 747-400 aircraft, with the refining of the sustainable fuel underway in the US.

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  • Aug
    26
    Air New Zealand earnings down 24% on high fuel cost

    Air New Zealand today announced Normalised Earnings* before unusual items and taxation of $197 million for the year ended 30 June 2008, a decrease of 24 percent on last year.

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  • Aug
    19
    World first to demonstrate potential to reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes

    Air New Zealand and key aviation partners will demonstrate the potential for the commercial aviation industry to reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes annually, with a test flight between Auckland and San Francisco.

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July 2008
  • Jul
    4
    T1 Heathrow update - We've moved!…more
June 2008
  • Jun
    30
    Top Tourism Operator appointed to Air New Zealand Board

    Paul Bingham, one of New Zealand's top tourism operators, has been appointed to the Air New Zealand Board as an additional non executive Director.

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  • Jun
    19
    Air New Zealand joins newly formed Algal Biomass Organisation

    Coalition of visionary airlines and leading fuel technology innovator join World's first Global Algae Trade Association to advocate for further development as sustainable fuel source

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  • Jun
    11
    Inflight Entertainment now available from boarding to landing

    Customers flying on Air New Zealand 777 and 747 aircraft can now enjoy their personal seat-back entertainment system from the moment they sit down till the moment the aircraft lands.

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  • Jun
    9
    Tailored arrivals initiative benefits Air New Zealand - and the environment

    A ground-breaking initiative at San Francisco Airport to increase the efficiency of air traffic is resulting in significant fuel and emission savings for Air New Zealand.

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  • Jun
    5
    Air New Zealand's environmentally sustainable fuel aspirations

    Air New Zealand announced today it expects to use at least one million barrels of environmentally sustainable fuel annually by 2013.

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  • Jun
    5
    Air New Zealand makes significant carbon emission reductions

    Air New Zealand's fuel savings initiative programme is on track to see the airline reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes.

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May 2008
  • May
    16
    Air New Zealand to establish Aviation Academy

    Air New Zealand is to establish an aviation academy to develop and nurture home-grown pilots, cabin crew, engineers and specialist airline management staff.

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April 2008
  • Apr
    21
    Air New Zealand unveils Flip My Flop campaign in Los Angeles…more
  • Apr
    10
    Air New Zealand disappointed by Boeing 787 delay

    Air New Zealand has today had confirmation from Boeing that it can expect a delay in the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

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February 2008
  • Feb
    29
    Air New Zealand posts solid interim profits

    Air New Zealand today announced normalised earnings* before taxation and unusual items of $159 million for the six-month period ended 31 December 2007, an increase of 62 percent on the same period last year. Net profit after tax was $115 million, up 58 percent.

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  • Feb
    29
    Deputy Chairman Roger France and CEO Rob Fyfe's address to media…more
  • Feb
    13
    Air New Zealand gets top honors for onboard experience…more
  • Feb
    1
    Air New Zealand launches new domestic inflight service

    Air New Zealand customers flying on domestic jet services can look forward to an improved complimentary inflight service from Monday, February 4.

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January 2008
  • Jan
    29
    Air New Zealand recognised as the best in passenger service

    Air New Zealand has been judged as having the world's best passenger service in the prestigious Air Transport World magazine awards.

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  • Jan
    16
    Kathy Griffin rolls out the pink carpet on Air New Zealand for the D-List…more
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