Media Releases - 2009

December 2009
  • Dec
    9
    Brussels Airlines joins Star Alliance

    At an official ceremony held in Brussels' historic "Grand-Place" today, the CEOs of the Star Alliance member airlines welcomed Brussels Airlines to the family.

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November 2009
  • Nov
    20
    Air New Zealand flies Facebook users to new heights…more
  • Nov
    3
    Air New Zealand to replace domestic Boeing 737-300s with Airbus A320s

    Air New Zealand is to acquire 14 new Airbus A320 aircraft, to replace its current domestic jet fleet of 15 Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

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  • Nov
    2
    Additional funding a change in fortunes for tourism industry

    The New Zealand Government's additional tourism funding announced today will enable the industry to significantly grow tourism numbers and win back market share from other destinations, many of which have had substantial increases in marketing spend.

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October 2009
  • Oct
    28
    Air New Zealand makes flying fun again with "KiWeets" Twitter Trivia…more
  • Oct
    27
    Air New Zealand and South African Airways (SAA) sign code share agreement

    Air New Zealand and South African Airways (SAA) have signed a code share agreement, enabling the two carriers to offer a one-stop service between Auckland and Johannesburg via Perth.

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  • Oct
    27
    Continental Airlines joins Star Alliance

    The CEOs of the Star Alliance member carriers today welcomed the alliance's 25th member: Continental Airlines.

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  • Oct
    23
    Address from Rob Fyfe, Air New Zealand CEO, at Unveiling of Momentum Sculpture

    Good morning. I'm thrilled that so many people are able to join us here today.

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  • Oct
    22
    Air New Zealand invests $4 million in new Christchurch aircraft logistics centre

    Air New Zealand will build a new $4 million state-of-the-art aircraft parts distribution centre to support its Christchurch narrow body jet engineering base.

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  • Oct
    16
    Air New Zealand slashes domestic fares up to 23 per cent

    Air New Zealand is slashing its cheapest domestic airfares by up to 23%, while also simplifying its fare structures to two simple options.

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  • Oct
    13
    Air New Zealand's Blended Winglets delivering 19% greater fuel savings

    Air New Zealand's new blended winglets, which are being fitted to its fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, are delivering 19 per cent higher fuel savings than forecast.

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  • Oct
    12
    Erebus Anniversary Update

    Air New Zealand will proceed with a proposal to take five next of kin of those lost in the Erebus tragedy to Antarctica for the 30th anniversary on November 28 this year.

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September 2009
  • Sep
    24
    Erebus and Perpignan Anniversaries

    Air New Zealand is inviting families of those lost on flight TE 901 at Mount Erebus to provide feedback on aspects of a proposal to mark the 30th anniversary of the accident on November 28 this year.

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  • Sep
    23
    Air New Zealand's Matchmaking Flight Set for Takeoff…more
  • Sep
    3
    Air New Zealand Recognised in Condé Nast Awards

    Air New Zealand has been given another top accolade in a prestigious travel awards.

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August 2009
  • Aug
    27
    Air New Zealand outperforms airline industry in 2009

    Air New Zealand today announced normalised earnings* before taxation of $145 million for the year ended 30 June 2009, a decrease of 26% on the prior year.

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July 2009
  • Jul
    13
    Arrival of new winglets in New Zealand

    Air New Zealand's first Boeing 767-300ER aircraft fitted with new blended winglets is due to land at Auckland International Airport this morning.

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  • Jul
    10
    America's ultimate Bachelor to board Air New Zealand's Matchmaking Flight…more
June 2009
  • Jun
    5
    Air New Zealand's First 747-400 Makes Final One-Way Flight

    Air New Zealand's first Boeing 747-400, registration ZK-NBS, will depart Auckland for the last time today and fly to the USA where it will be dismantled for parts.

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May 2009
  • May
    29
    Air New Zealand increases baggage allowance…more
  • May
    28
    Biofuel Test Flight Report Shows Significant Fuel Saving

    Scientific testing has found that up to 1.4 tonnes of fuel can be saved on a twelve-hour long haul flight powered by a 50/50 blend of second generation jatropha sustainable biofuel and traditional Jet A1.

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  • May
    20
    Air New Zealand launches the nation's first human interactive billboard controlled by mobile users…more
  • May
    18
    World's first recession free country

    The Cook Islands Government today announced that the nation has officially decided not to take part in the worldwide recession, making it the world's first Recession Free Oasis.

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  • May
    13
    Air New Zealand plays Cupid to singles…more
  • May
    7
    Experience London Like a Local with Air New Zealand's New iPhone App…more
April 2009
  • Apr
    27
    Air New Zealand services from the United States

    Air New Zealand continues to work with the Ministry of Health to monitor the situation in regard to swine flu issues in Mexico and the United States.

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  • Apr
    9
    Air New Zealand introduces more Premium Economy seats

    Air New Zealand is doubling the number of Pacific Premium Economy seats available on its 777-200ER fleet, with the first of eight aircraft re-entering service next week after being refitted at Technical Operations in Auckland.

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March 2009
  • Mar
    20
    Altitude secures multi-million dollar interiors contract for Boeing 747-8 aircraft

    Air New Zealand's stand-alone aircraft interiors business, Altitude, has secured a multi-million, five year deal to design customised furniture for up to 20 new Boeing 747-8 aircraft.

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  • Mar
    17
    Air New Zealand to match Government's $2.5m stimulus to get more Aussies to New Zealand

    Air New Zealand will spend $2.5 million on a major promotional campaign, matching the Government's additional tourism funding for Australia.

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  • Mar
    10
    US Tourists Spotting a Bargain and Heading to New Zealand

    Air New Zealand's drive to help halt the decline in international visitors to New Zealand is starting to show the first signs of success.

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  • Mar
    9
    Air New Zealand to fly Tailored Arrival demonstration into Los Angeles

    Air New Zealand will fly a demonstration Tailored Arrival into Los Angeles International Airport tomorrow morning as part of a trial to prove the viability of the procedure into one of the world's busiest airports.

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February 2009
  • Feb
    26
    Air New Zealand remains profitable in tough environment

    Air New Zealand today announced normalised earnings* before taxation of $26 million for the six-month period ended 31 December 2008, a decrease of 84 percent on the same period last year. Net profit after tax was $24 million, down 79 percent.

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  • Feb
    25
    A320 Accident

    Air New Zealand advises against drawing premature conclusions about the cause of the A320 accident off the coast of France last year following today's interim report from the Bureau d'Enquetês et d'Analyses (BEA).

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  • Feb
    10
    Air New Zealand knows how to PARTY…more
  • Feb
    5
    Air New Zealand's Pink Flight Goes Glam…more
January 2009
  • Jan
    24
    Airbus A320 Accident Update

    A French search and recovery team has found the remains of missing Air New Zealand engineer Murray White.

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  • Jan
    23
    Airbus A320 Accident Update

    Air New Zealand welcomes a bulletin from Airbus this morning reminding airlines of maintenance and flight check requirements following the A320 accident in France.

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  • Jan
    22
    Airbus A320 Accident Update

    Air New Zealand fleet and operational specialists will be returning to France this weekend to provide further technical expertise to the investigation into the A320 accident at Perpignan.

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  • Jan
    20
    14:49
    A320 Accident Update

    Around 1,000 family members, friends and Air New Zealanders today gathered at Auckland Airport to welcome home four of the New Zealanders lost in the A320 accident in France.

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  • Jan
    20
    A320 Accident Update

    The remains of four of the five New Zealanders lost in the A320 accident in France will arrive in Auckland accompanied by some family members and Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe later this morning.

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  • Jan
    19
    A320 Accident Update

    French authorities have confirmed to Air New Zealand that they still do not know the cause of the A320 accident off the coast of France in November.

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  • Jan
    15
    12:29
    A320 Accident Update

    French Authorities have formally confirmed the names of the missing New Zealand men whose remains have been recovered from the A320 accident off the coast of Perpignan.

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  • Jan
    13
    15:28
    A320 Accident Update

    An important step in bringing closure for the families of the men lost in the A320 accident in France in November will take place this week.

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