EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (May 29, 2009) - Air New Zealand has announced that Pacific Premium Economy (PPE) customers will now receive Business Premier (BP) class baggage allowance for checked baggage, as well as priority baggage handling, on Air New Zealand services only.

The PPE checked baggage allowance for services to/from the U.S. and Canada is upgraded to two checked pieces with combined weight of 140lbs. The PPE cabin's carry-on allowance includes one personal item plus two pieces with a 15 lbs weight limit.

"Our Pacific Premium Economy presents a brand new class of travel offering more space, premium products, and now upgraded baggage allowance," said Roger Poulton, Vice President, Air New Zealand - The Americas. "Extending our Business Premier baggage allowance to Pacific Premium Economy adds additional value for our customers."

Air New Zealand's new PPE baggage allowance is not recognized by other carriers. Through check-in or baggage interlining on another carrier, the customer is only permitted the Economy class baggage allowance through to their final destination. Air New Zealand Gold, Elites and Star Gold customers are eligible for the Star Alliance Priority baggage tag. Air New Zealand's Koru and Pacific Premium Economy New Zealand customers are required to have the Koru Priority tag on their baggage.

For more information, please visit www.airnewzealand.com

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 most recent accolades include recognition by the Condé 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 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.