EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (December 12, 2008) - Air New Zealand proudly announced today that it has been recognized by Business Traveler magazine as the "Best Business Class to Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific" in 2008. 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.

"We want business travelers to be able to focus on their work rather than ours," said Roger Poulton, Vice President, Air New Zealand - The Americas. "Air New Zealand designs a seamless journey with customers at the core - from a new state-of-the-art domestic check-in to the lie-flat bed, award-winning food and wine, and more than 400-hours of inflight entertainment starting the moment you step aboard to the moment you land."

"Our new in-flight concierge service offers our business travelers personal assistance with anything they need before, during and after the flight," said Poulton. "We are thrilled that our customers have cheered for us, resulting in this honor from Business Traveler for our Business Class service."

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's in-flight entertainment systems allow passengers to enjoy recent blockbuster movies, TV programs and exclusive audio programs from the moment they sit down until the moment the aircraft lands.

Beyond comfort and entertainment, Business Premier passengers experience a unique New Zealand dining experience with dishes that feature New Zealand's finest natural produce, selected from a panel of consultant chefs. Additionally, Air New Zealand offers an award-winning premium wine selection created by top New Zealand wine consultants. These finishing touches help create the ultimate flying experience on one of the world's top airlines - 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 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 new Inflight Concierge Service provides all passengers with a range of services to every , from travel advice to assistance with onward bookings. Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include "Best Transpacific Airline" at the 26th Airline Industry Awards, "Best Passenger Service" award by Air Transport World magazine, "Best Airline to the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand", Business Traveler Magazine (USA) and "Best Business Class Red Wine" for the Martinborough Pinot Noir 2005 at the 2007 Cellars in the Sky awards. 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 AirNewZealand.com 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.

Contact:

Sarah Miller-Reeves
Public Relations and Sponsorship - the Americas
Air New Zealand
1960 East Grand Ave, Suite 300
El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
Tel 310 648 7039
Fax 310 648 7117
AirNewZealand.com