Current ANZES General Manager, Trevor Hughes, will take on a new role as General Manager Commercial & Business Development - Ventures.

Mr Hughes will initially focus on developing several new commercial partnerships for ANZES. He will also have direct responsibility for its existing subsidiary businesses of Safe Air (based in Blenheim), Tasman Aviation Enterprises (based in Brisbane), and the Christchurch Engine Centre joint venture between Air New Zealand and Pratt & Whitney.

The position of General Manager ANZES, will be taken up by Chris Nassenstein who joins Air New Zealand from Air Transat in Canada where he has been Senior Vice President, Technical Operations & Customers.

Mr Nassenstein has considerable experience and an impressive track record of achievement in airline engineering and maintenance organisations including Air Transat, Air Canada and Lan Chile.

Air New Zealand Group General Manager Ventures, Craig Sinclair, said the new roles will be pivotal in implementing a business transformation programme within ANZES, which will create distinct capabilities in wide body and narrow body airframes, engines, components and engineering services.

"ANZES will create specific lines of business to meet individual customer needs and the utilisation of their aircraft assets," said Mr Sinclair.

  • ANZES is a stand-alone business unit within the Air New Zealand Group with facilities in New Zealand and Australia.
  • The maintenance of Air New Zealand's fleet represents some fifty percent of ANZES' business.
  • The organisation employs around 2,500 people at its nine sites.

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