Media Releases - 2011

December 2011
  • Dec
    18
    2 World Champion All Blacks, 1 World Beating All Black Aircraft

    Air New Zealand has revealed the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted completely black.

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  • Dec
    15
    Air New Zealand and ANA launch new partnership

    Air New Zealand and ANA will establish a closer partnership in Japan from March 25 next year providing travellers on both airlines with improved access to destinations in Japan and New Zealand.

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  • Dec
    15
    Mark Schwab Appointed New Star Alliance CEO

    Long term international aviation executive to head Star Alliance organisation.

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  • Dec
    14
    Air New Zealand signs MOU with biofuel company Licella

    Air New Zealand today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Licella Pty Ltd to examine the development and commercialisation of a process to convert woody biomass into sustainable biofuel in New Zealand.

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  • Dec
    14
    Ethiopian Airlines joins Star Alliance

    At a ceremony held at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB) welcomed Ethiopian Airlines as the Alliance’s third carrier based on the African continent.

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  • Dec
    12
    Paint job will create world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black

    Air New Zealand’s newest Boeing 777-300ER has entered Boeing’s Seattle painting facility to receive a make over that will see it become the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft painted all black.

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  • Dec
    1
    Farewell Rico

    Rico, Air New Zealand's furry mascot, has passed away while hosting a celeb-packed house-warming party in his Los Angeles mansion.

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November 2011
  • Nov
    29
    Air New Zealand introduces lower fares and more options for domestic travellers

    Air New Zealand has this morning reduced its lowest domestic airfares by an average six per cent with the launch of Seats to Suit style fares.

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  • Nov
    7
    Air New Zealand announces plans for new service between Mt Cook/Christchurch/Queenstown

    Mt Cook is set to become the 28th domestic destination on Air New Zealand’s network with the airline announcing today the trial of a new Christchurch/Mt Cook/Queenstown route in the summer of 2012-2013.

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  • Nov
    7
    Air New Zealand boosts capacity between Rotorua and Queenstown

    Domestic jet services are set to return to Rotorua in the 2012-2013 summer season.

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October 2011
  • Oct
    19
    Air New Zealand invests in regional growth with commitment to purchase up to 12 ATR aircraft

    Air New Zealand has ordered seven new-generation ATR72-600 aircraft with purchase options for a further five worth a total list price of US$270 million.

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  • Oct
    19
    Air New Zealand brings Dreamliner to New Zealand

    New Zealanders will be among the first people in the Southern Hemisphere to see the new Boeing 787 aircraft when Air New Zealand brings it to Auckland for the first time from 12-14 November.

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  • Oct
    6
    Star Alliance again voted Best Airline Alliance at Business Traveller Awards

    Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, was voted Best Airline Alliance at the Business Traveller Awards held in London last week for the sixth consecutive time.

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August 2011
  • Aug
    31
    Star Alliance CEO nominated to lead Austrian Airlines

    FRANKFURT, Germany - August 31, 2011 - Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Star Alliance Services GmbH, has been proposed by the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG to become Chairman of the Board and CEO of Austrian Airlines AG as of November 1st, 2011. The nomination is to be considered by the Supervisory Board of the airline at its next meeting in September.

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  • Aug
    25
    Star Alliance Launches FareFinder App

    FRANKFURT, Germany - August 25th, 2011 - Following the recent successful launch of its Navigator iPhone app, the Star Alliance network has now become the first airline alliance to introduce an easy and simple to use fare finder mobile application.

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  • Aug
    25
    Air New Zealand Profit Declines

    Air New Zealand today announced normalised earnings* before taxation of $75 million for the 12 months to 30 June 2011.

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July 2011
  • Jul
    21
    North Americans encouraged to experience Spring in the South Island

    Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand are working together to attract North American tourists into New Zealand during September and October.

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  • Jul
    21
    Rico is hanging with The Hoff

    Air New Zealand’s furry friend to the stars, Rico, has today launched his new series of celebrity YouTube interviews, with David Hasselhoff the first to experience Rico’s cheeky interrogation style in the hot seat that is the Air New Zealand Skycouch.

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  • Jul
    19
    Air New Zealand Wins Top Marketing Award

    Air New Zealand has taken top honours for marketing at the 10th annual Airline Strategy Awards in London.

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  • Jul
    8
    Air New Zealand Released from US Department of Justice Cargo Cartel Investigation

    The US Department of Justice has ceased its cargo cartel investigation against Air New Zealand.

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  • Jul
    6
    Shenzhen Airlines Accepted as Future Star Alliance Member Carrier

    Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, today announced that its Chief Executive Board (CEB) has unanimously approved the application of Shenzhen Airlines to join Star Alliance.

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June 2011
  • Jun
    26
    Air New Zealand brings a taste of Matariki to LAX

    Air New Zealand has given international travellers at Los Angeles International airport a taste of traditional Matariki celebrations, complete with a hangi for 400 people cooked on site.

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  • Jun
    24
    Rico gets on the couch with Hollywood’s hottest celebs

    Air New Zealand’s furry friend to the stars, Rico, is the talk of the town in Hollywood this week, interviewing several global celebrities including David Hasselhoff, Giuliana Rancic and Lindsay Lohan for a new online series.

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May 2011
  • May
    25
    Japanese Tourism Delegation Most Influential to Ever Visit New Zealand

    The most influential Japanese tourism industry delegation to ever visit New Zealand is in Queenstown today to visit key tourism providers and meet with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, and Minister of Tourism, John Key.

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  • May
    23
    Air New Zealand adds capacity to its China and Japan routes

    Air New Zealand will be increasing its international capacity to China and Japan for its upcoming Northern Winter schedule.

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  • May
    12
    Air New Zealand Skycouch scoops prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Award

    Air New Zealand’s Skycouch Economy seat has won the Aviation category in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2011 Innovation and Design Awards.

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April 2011
  • Apr
    20
    NZCC Withdraws Claims Against Air New Zealand Cargo Employees Five Years into its Investigation of Cargo Practices

    Air New Zealand today welcomed the decision by the New Zealand Commerce Commission to discontinue proceedings against individual employees of its Cargo business.

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  • Apr
    7
    Air New Zealand appoints new International Airline head

    Air New Zealand has appointed Christopher Luxon to the role of Group General Manager International Airline effective May 30 this year.

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March 2011
  • Mar
    28
    Richard Simmons helps get Air New Zealand passengers Fit to Fly

    Air New Zealand’s safety ambassador for its new inflight safety video is US fitness legend Richard Simmons.

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  • Mar
    22
    Snoop Dogg Collaborates with Air New Zealand’s Crazy Puppet, Rico

    Working with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Dr. Dre, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry, international hip-hop sensation Snoop Dogg laid down the beats earlier this month with Kiwis’ favourite risqué puppet, Rico.

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  • Mar
    3
    Jan Dawson to join Air New Zealand Board

    Jan Dawson, currently the chair and chief executive of KPMG, will join the board of Air New Zealand on 1 April.

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February 2011
  • Feb
    21
    Return of the 747 to Tokyo signals Japanese market resurgence

    Recovering Japanese visitor numbers are prompting Air New Zealand to operate Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Tokyo route following five years absence.

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  • Feb
    17
    Air New Zealand moves to daily China services

    Air New Zealand is adding two additional direct services each week between New Zealand and China in response to 20% growth in international visitor numbers from China.

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  • Feb
    8
    Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways in code share arrangement

    Air New Zealand has signed a code share agreement with Etihad Airways providing Air New Zealand customers with flight options to and through the Middle East for the first time.

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  • Feb
    1
    Air New Zealand goes all black for new aircraft arrival

    Air New Zealand’s striking new all black A320 aircraft will touch down at Auckland airport for the first time this afternoon, marking the start of a revolution in the airline’s domestic jet service.

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January 2011
  • Jan
    21
    Air New Zealand Updates Shareholding in Virgin Blue

    Air New Zealand announced last evening that it had acquired a substantial shareholding in Australian-based airline Virgin Blue.

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  • Jan
    20
    Air New Zealand Acquires Substantial Shareholding in Virgin Blue

    Air New Zealand has acquired a substantial shareholding in Australian-based airline Virgin Blue.

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  • Jan
    12
    Air New Zealand Announces Code Sharing Agreement with Virgin Atlantic

    Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic have signed a code sharing agreement offering more flexibility and choice on routings between the UK and New Zealand for both carriers’ passengers.

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  • Jan
    12
    New Black Aircraft Takes to the Skies

    Air New Zealand's new all black A320 aircraft is nearing completion and in a few weeks will make the journey to New Zealand to join the airline's domestic jet fleet.

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