Media Releases

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December 2013
  • Dec
    19
    Two candidates chosen for once in a lifetime Antarctica experience

    Australian student filmmaker Marli Lopez-Hope and Kiwi 'outdoorsman' Michael Armstrong have been selected from almost 2000 applicants across 52 countries to travel to one of the most fragile and unique places on earth for the Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment.

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  • Dec
    3
    The Hobbit Trilogy's Dragon hitches a ride on Air New Zealand to LA premiere

    The Hobbit Trilogy’s mythical Dragon Smaug has taken his maiden flight with Air New Zealand this morning, swooping into Los Angeles ahead of today’s global premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

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  • Dec
    2
    Kiwis first in the world to see Peter Jackson’s vision of the Dragon Smaug from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Air New Zealand today revealed Peter Jackson’s theatrical interpretation of the mythical Dragon Smaug exclusively to the world, ten days ahead of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

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November 2013
  • Nov
    20
    Middle-earth - closer than you think

    Air New Zealand is giving Hobbit fans the chance to join the celebration with the stars at the red carpet premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Hollywood.

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  • Nov
    1
    Air New Zealand’s Los Angeles operations returning to normal

    Air New Zealand operations in and out of Los Angeles are beginning to return to normal following today’s shooting incident at the airport and the lifting of the FAA’s ban on Los Angeles bound aircraft departing their points of origin.

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  • Nov
    1
    Los Angeles Airport incident update

    The FAA has issued a national ground-stop, or hold, for all arriving flights that have not yet departed from their originating airports to LAX following the shooting incident at the airport this morning.

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  • Nov
    1
    Flight disruption at LAX following shooting incident

    Air New Zealand operations in to and out of Los Angeles are expected to be impacted by the shooting incident at the United States airport this morning.

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October 2013
  • Oct
    17
    Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment

    Air New Zealand has launched a global search for an environmental enthusiast keen to share the wonders of the Antarctic frozen continent with the world.

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  • Oct
    10
    Air New Zealand and Betty White present Safety Old School Style

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with America’s sweetheart of comedy Betty White and a cast of golden oldies for the airline’s latest in-flight safety video which launches today.

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  • Oct
    8
    Air New Zealand appoints new Chief Sales and Commercial Officer

    Air New Zealand has appointed Cam Wallace to the role of Chief Sales and Commercial Officer effective January 1, 2014.  He will replace Norm Thompson who retires in December.

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  • Oct
    2
    Air New Zealand celebrates double win at 2013 World Travel Awards

    Air New Zealand is celebrating a double victory at the prestigious World Travel Awards announced in Dubai, United Arab Emirates overnight.

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September 2013
  • Sep
    23
    Star Alliance opens new Los Angeles Lounge

    First Lounge to open in the new Tom Bradley International Terminal Rooftop lounge offers passengers unparalleled views of Los Angeles.

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August 2013
  • Aug
    29
    Air New Zealand profit more than doubles

    Air New Zealand today announced earnings before taxation of $256 million for the 2013 financial year, an increase of 172 percent on the previous year and the company’s best result in five years.

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  • Aug
    19
    Kiwi same sex couple ties the knot at 30,000 feet

    An Auckland-based couple has this morning made history celebrating the legalisation of same sex marriage in New Zealand by saying "I do" in the skies.

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  • Aug
    8
    Love in the air for Kiwi couple

    An Auckland-based same-sex couple with three children will make history when they exchange vows in New Zealand skies, when the Marriage Amendment Act comes into effect on 19 August.

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July 2013
  • Jul
    17
    Air New Zealand seeks Kiwi couple to make history with first ever same sex marriage in New Zealand skies at 30,000 feet

    Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson will board an Air New Zealand domestic flight alongside a lucky Kiwi couple to celebrate the first ever same sex marriage at 30,000 feet next month.

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  • Jul
    13
    Air New Zealand teams up with the San Francisco Giants for a uniquely ‘Kiwi’ themed game night

    San Francisco Giants fans are in for a uniquely Kiwi experience at the upcoming Friday night home game against the Diamondbacks (July 19th) with Air New Zealand staging a ‘take over’ of AT&T Park including a cultural and sporting exchange with four All Blacks players.

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June 2013
  • Jun
    29
    Star Alliance releases first official images of new Los Angeles lounge

    Star Alliance has today released the first official impressions of its new Los Angeles lounge, which will open later this year at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

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  • Jun
    19
    Air New Zealand Premium Economy cabin wins big at Skytrax Awards

    Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy Class has taken top honours overnight at the prestigious 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards, sweeping the board in all three Premium Economy categories.

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  • Jun
    11
    Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand enter into new $20 million partnership

    Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) valued at more than $20 million, in a one year partnership to undertake joint marketing activity promoting travel to New Zealand in selected international markets.

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  • Jun
    5
    Air New Zealand and Turkish Airlines sign code share agreement

    Air New Zealand has signed a code share agreement with Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines, providing Air New Zealand customers with new flight options to the exciting European hub of Istanbul.

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May 2013
  • May
    17
    Air New Zealand Fairy to be showcased among the best at Google conference

    Air New Zealand continues its leadership in the digital space teaming up with Google to showcase its Air New Zealand Fairy website at Google’s annual developer conference - Google I/O - in San Francisco.

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  • May
    9
    Major milestone for Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 programme

    The first of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be constructed has achieved a major milestone this week with the arrival of the first major part of the new aircraft at Boeing’s Everett factory in Seattle three weeks ahead of schedule.

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April 2013
  • Apr
    22
    Air New Zealand enhances the customer experience for travel to North America

    Air New Zealand passengers can look forward to a better ground experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including a much improved transit process.

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  • Apr
    10
    Air New Zealand wins global sustainable tourism award

    Air New Zealand has taken top honours at the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, recognising sustainable tourism global best practice.

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March 2013
  • Mar
    21
    Air New Zealand most attractive employer for third consecutive year

    Air New Zealand has been inducted in to the Randstad Awards Global Hall of Fame after being named the country’s most attractive employer for a third consecutive year - the first time an organisation anywhere in the world has won the prestigious accolade three times in a row.

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  • Mar
    7
    Air New Zealand appoints new GM Customer Experience

    Air New Zealand has appointed Calum Laming to the newly created role of General Manager Customer Experience.

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  • Mar
    7
    Air New Zealand ‘Bears All’

    Air New Zealand has released never before seen footage of the making of its ground breaking in-flight safety video Bear Essentials of Safety, featuring celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls, and filmed entirely in the outdoors on New Zealand’s world-renowned Routeburn Track.

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  • Mar
    1
    The Bear Essentials of Safety another global hit

    More than 1 million people have already viewed Air New Zealand’s latest onboard safety video the Bear Essentials of Safety online.

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February 2013
  • Feb
    28
    Air New Zealand’s half year earnings up more than 300 percent

    Air New Zealand has lifted its normalised earnings before taxation for the first half of the 2013 financial year by more than 300 percent. Normalised earnings before taxation were $139 million, up from $33 million in the previous corresponding period. Statutory net profit after taxation increased $62 million to $100 million.

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  • Feb
    27
    Celebrity adventurer stars in Bear Essentials of Safety video

    Air New Zealand has set a new benchmark for airline safety videos by teaming up with adventurer Bear Grylls to create a ground breaking piece of content filmed in the wild.

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  • Feb
    22
    Air New Zealand recognised in international airline awards

    Air New Zealand has been recognised as amongst the best in the world for getting passengers to their destinations on time.

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January 2013
  • Jan
    25
    Air New Zealand recognised in global sustainable tourism awards

    Air New Zealand has been named a finalist in the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards which recognise sustainable tourism best practice in businesses and at destinations.

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  • Jan
    18
    Air New Zealand names new Chief People Officer

    Air New Zealand has appointed Lorraine Murphy as Chief People Officer, effective March 4.

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  • Jan
    10
    Air New Zealand highly ranked amongst world’s safest airlines

    Air New Zealand has been named in the top three airlines in the world from a safety perspective.

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