Air New Zealand proudly announced today that it has been recognized by Business Traveler magazine as the "Best Airline to the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand" in 2007. Through an aggressive strategy to continuously upgrade its aircraft fleet and onboard amenities, Air New Zealand secured its place as the most innovative and attentive airline serving popular destinations in the South Pacific, such as Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and a number of Pacific island destinations. Business Traveler magazine has been a leader in recognizing excellence in business travel for nearly 20 years and publishes nine editions around the world. "For the second year in a row, we have the honor to be recognized by Business Traveler magazine for our unique brand of service," said Roger Poulton, Vice President, Air New Zealand - The Americas. "We design every aspect of our experience around the warm and welcoming culture of New Zealand, and it's truly rewarding to see that our efforts are being enjoyed by our customers."

Air New Zealand Business Premier cabins offer customers luxurious comfort with revolutionary lie-flat seats - 22-inch-wide leather armchairs that convert into 6-foot, 7.5-inch beds featuring an ottoman footrest that doubles as a visitor's seat. In addition to ensuring maximum comfort, the airline also has in-flight entertainment that provides customers with in-seat power, as well as individual high resolution 10.4-inch screens with on-demand entertainment featuring a wide range of audio and video options including the most recent blockbuster movies, TV programs and exclusive audio programs that allow customers to watch or listen to what they want, when they want.

Beyond comfort and entertainment, Business Premier customers onboard Air New Zealand experience a unique New Zealand dining experience designed by the Air New Zealand team of consultant chefs with a new menu created by celebrity chef Govind Armstrong of the famed Table 8 restaurants in Los Angeles and Miami. Additionally, Air New Zealand offers a premium wine selection created by top New Zealand wine consultants Kate Radburnd and John Belsham. These finishing touches help to create the ultimate flying experience on one of the world's top airlines - now recognized again as the best in the South Pacific.

About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Vancouver to New Zealand, as well as Los Angeles non-stop to Fiji, the Cook Islands and Samoa. Other popular destinations include Australia, China, Japan and Tonga. In addition to flying non-stop Los Angeles-London, Air New Zealand's route between London and Hong Kong now allows customers to fly round-the-world on one airline. Consistently rated among the world's best international airlines, Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include recognition by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards and Business Traveler Magazine. United Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan members earn and redeem mileage on select flights. Flight and vacation essentials can be booked on or by calling 1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in Canada. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance network.