The redesign applies to all of Air New Zealand's websites in regions across the globe including New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Islands, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Korea.

Air New Zealand General Manager Global Direct Sales Chris Hunter says the site was last redesigned in 2003 when the airline introduced Express fares.

"Since then, the popularity of online bookings has grown dramatically, especially for domestic, Tasman and Pacific Island flights. We've also introduced holiday bookings online including accommodation, rental cars and attractions.

As well as the number one travel site and 7th most visited site in New Zealand, www.airnewzealand.co.nz is also now one of the highest revenue generating portals in the country.

"As well as giving the website a very New Zealand look and feel, the changes have enabled us to improve the flow of the website, introduce a new navigation bar and easier login for Airpoints members, as well as improve page performance and speed for visitors," says Mr Hunter.


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