Vancouver, BC (Oct 28, 2009) - Twitter trivia could be the fastest way to jet across the Pacific this month with the launch of Air New Zealand's "KiWeets" - a game that offers 30 chances to win a round-trip flight to New Zealand. As part of its "Make Flying Fun Again" campaign, the airline will ask daily trivia questions about New Zealand, with players sending their response to @KiWeets for the chance to win one of 30 flights.

Players are encouraged to enter once a day for the 30 days of the contest, answering questions such as "We New Zealanders go by the name of a furry, flightless bird (and yes, a furry, flightless fruit). What is it?" The 30 economy-class ticket winners will be chosen at random from among the correct responses. Tweeters will also accumulate points toward a grand prize - the faster the response, the more points they receive - and the player with the highest score at the end of the contest will win a round-trip Business Premier ticket to New Zealand. Full rules and regulations can be found at www.kiweets.com.

"It has come to our attention that some of our North American friends aren't terribly familiar with New Zealand's quirky humor and rich cultural history, so Air New Zealand is offering this incentive to properly introduce ourselves," said Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand vice president - the Americas. "While Air New Zealand has offered world-class flights and service from North America to New Zealand for more than 25 years, sometimes the allure of a well-timed freebie is what's needed to encourage curious travelers to take the leap!"

Short on South Pacific savvy? Air New Zealand is extending the opportunity for in-flight fun to all North Americans, offering flights from Vancouver to New Zealand from just $1,149 (CAD). Travelers must book before November 14, 2009 for travel between February 1 - May 31, 2010. For flights available from other Canadian gateways log onto www.airnewzealand.ca or call 1.800.663.5494.

About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including non-stop flights from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu 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, from travel advice to assistance with onward bookings. Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include "Best Business Class to Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific" for the third straight year by Business Traveler Magazine (USA) "Best Transpacific Airline" at the 26th Airline Industry Awards, "Best Passenger Service" award by Air Transport World magazine, 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.