Air New Zealand security personnel are in discussions with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the New Zealand Police to ensure that all available options are being considered. Clearly, Air New Zealand will be consulting with its pilots and cabin crew and their unions on this issue.

If a specific request was received from the United States to place armed law enforcement officers on board a designated flight, Air New Zealand would conduct a thorough assessment to ensure that all possible options regarding the requirement were properly considered.

The safety and security of both passengers and crew remains Air New Zealand's absolute priority and no decisions will be made that in any way compromises this principle.

NOTE: The content of all Air New Zealand media releases are accurate at the time of issue, as stated at the top of each release. For updates on any changes, please contact Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 19,500 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries.

For more information about Air New Zealand visit www.airnewzealand.com and for more information about Star Alliance visit www.staralliance.com.