Media Releases 2012

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December 2012
  • Dec
    14
    Four Great Walkers chosen for epic Kiwi adventure

    After an extensive global search four Great Walkers have been chosen to take on all of New Zealand’s famous nine Great Walks in just nine weeks.

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  • Dec
    12
    Heathrow Terminal 2: The New Home of Star Alliance

    Heathrow Airport allows all Star Alliance carriers to move under one roof.

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November 2012
  • Nov
    30
    Calin Rovinescu elected as new Chairman of the Star Alliance
    Chief Executive Board

    SHENZHEN, CHINA - November 30th, 2012 - Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Rob Fyfe, CEO Air New Zealand, who held the post for the last two years.

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  • Nov
    29
    Shenzhen Airlines Joins Star Alliance - Alliance Expands in China

    SHENZHEN, China - November 29th, 2012 - Shenzhen Airlines today became the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network. At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance, welcomed the airline into the family on behalf on the Alliance’s Chief Executive Board (CEB).

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  • Nov
    24
    Air New Zealand unveils stunning 777-300 aircraft inspired by
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, today unveiled its stunning 777-300 aircraft which is set to become a flying billboard for the soon-to-be-released movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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  • Nov
    23
    Air New Zealand reveals Hobbit-inspired 777-300 aircraft

    Live web streaming available to media - 10:30am (NZ time) Saturday, 24 November.

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  • Nov
    21
    Hobbit image largest graphic ever applied to an aircraft

    Tight security and total secrecy surround an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER aircraft sequestered in a closed hangar at Air New Zealand’s Auckland Technical Operations base this week as it is transformed into a flying billboard for the soon to be released film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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  • Nov
    20
    Second Sunshine Coast season for Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia

    Kiwis will again be able to leave their winter woes behind and fly non-stop to the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast next year with alliance partners Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia confirming a second season of direct services between Auckland and Sunshine Coast.

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  • Nov
    9
    More than 1 million per day watch An Unexpected Briefing

    More than 1 million people a day have been viewing Air New Zealand’s Hobbit inspired safety video since it was launched just over a week ago.

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  • Nov
    7
    New Sydney check-in kiosks will save passengers time

    Air New Zealand is the first airline to offer all international passengers departing Sydney International Airport for trans-Tasman and Pacific Island destinations fast track kiosk check-in facilities.

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  • Nov
    1
    Air New Zealand enters Middle-earth air space with safety video inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Hobbits, Dwarves and Wizards will take flight as Air New Zealand launches its latest on board safety video, 'An Unexpected Briefing,' today.

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October 2012
  • Oct
    3
    Air New Zealand to further increase capacity to North America

    Air New Zealand will add approximately 5,000 return seats a month to North America as it further increases capacity to San Francisco, Vancouver and Los Angeles from April 2013.

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  • Oct
    26
    Air New Zealand is Australasia’s top airline for the fourth year running

    Air New Zealand has taken out the sought after title of Australasia’s Leading Airline for the fourth year in a row at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) in Singapore.

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September 2012
  • Sep
    28
    Air New Zealand Board announces share buyback

    Air New Zealand Limited (“Air New Zealand”) announces that it intends to undertake an on-market share buyback programme on the NZSX and the ASX to acquire up to 3% of its ordinary shares (being 33,006,112 ordinary shares).

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  • Sep
    26
    Air New Zealand launches global search for The Great Walker

    A global search is underway to find four adventurers to take on the challenge of a lifetime by completing all of New Zealand’s nine famous Great Walks in just nine weeks.

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  • Sep
    19
    Air New Zealand invests in B777-200ER upgrade programme

    Air New Zealand is investing more than $100 million in upgrading its Boeing 777-200ER fleet to ensure it continues to deliver the most innovative product and technologies to customers flying on its international network.

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  • Sep
    18
    Air New Zealand to Increase Antarctic Research Support

    Air New Zealand announced today that it is contributing more than $1 million toward scientific research in Antarctica.

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July 2012
  • Jul
    30
    Star Alliance Builds New Lounge At Los Angeles’ Upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal

    Air New Zealand to Lead the Project. Lounge to Open in May 2013.

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  • Jul
    20
    Star Alliance Takes Best Alliance Title At Skytrax World Airline Awards For Sixth Time

    Three of the Top Five Airlines are Star Alliance members. Member Carriers Claim a Total of 19 Awards.

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  • Jul
    30
    New LAX terminal for Air New Zealand will deliver better passenger experience

    Air New Zealand is to have a new home at Los Angeles International Airport. 

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  • Jul
    20
    Air New Zealand’s distinctive aircraft tails go black

    Air New Zealand’s fleet will begin to sport a new livery from next year.

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  • Jul
    13
    Air New Zealand brings the world to Middle-earth

    Air New Zealand is the official airline of Middle-earth with the announcement of a global two-movie partnership with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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June 2012
  • Jun
    22
    Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines join Star Alliance

    Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, today welcomes Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines, thereby cementing its presence in Latin America and adding close to 50 new airports to the network.

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  • Jun
    21
    Celebrity-spotting now available on Air New Zealand

    In-flight celebrity-spotting on Air New Zealand flights has taken on a whole new meaning with a new safety video featuring everyone from world leaders and musicians to sports stars.

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  • Jun
    19
    Air New Zealand CEO Announcement - Media Briefing

    TODAY AT 11.30am (NZ time)

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  • Jun
    19
    Air New Zealand Announces New Chief Executive Officer

    Air New Zealand has appointed Christopher Luxon as its next Chief Executive Officer.

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May 2012
  • May
    25
    Randi Zuckerberg of Facebook fame headlines Air New Zealand Social Media event

    World renowned social media expert Randi Zuckerberg will share her tips on how to succeed in today’s hottest communication channel with Kiwi businesses in July.

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  • May
    14
    Star Alliance’s 15th Anniversary Promotion

    A VIP trip of a lifetime for a group of 15 as top prize, Round the World tickets and other prizes also on offer.

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  • May
    14
    Come celebrate with Star Alliance and fly around the world for less with our 15th anniversary promotion

    As part of its 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Star Alliance network is offering a 15 per cent discount on all Round the World (RTW) Economy Class fares.

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  • May
    14
    Star Alliance celebrates its 15th Anniversary

    15 years ago today an event took place which would forever change the landscape of commercial aviation.

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  • May
    10
    Star Alliance CEO's Question Time on Facebook

    Asking for customer feedback, comments and suggestions.

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  • May
    9
    Ski-season capacity boost for Queenstown - more Tasman and domestic flights

    Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are boosting direct flights between Australia and Queenstown by 8% this ski season to meet expected high demand from Australian skiers.

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  • May
    9
    Significant capacity boost for Auckland-Perth alliance services

    Air New Zealand and alliance partner Virgin Australia today announced plans to boost capacity on the busy Auckland-Perth route by more than 20% in the upcoming financial year.

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March 2012
  • Mar
    29
    Eva Air accepted as future Star Alliance member

    Further Alliance Expansion in Asia

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  • Mar
    2
    Australians prefer Air New Zealand - Roy Morgan Australia Customer Satisfaction Awards

    Air New Zealand has been named 'International Airline of the Year' in the inaugural Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards in Australia.

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  • Mar
    1
    Air New Zealand increases capacity to North America

    Air New Zealand is increasing its capacity into the North American destinations of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

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February 2012
  • Feb
    27
    Air New Zealand Aviation Institute Adds Basic Maintenance Training Approval to its EASA 147 Certificate

    The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute has added Part 66 Cat B1.1 and B2 approval to its EASA 147 Certificate, enhancing its suite of airline industry training programmes.

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  • Feb
    24
    Air New Zealand Reports Reduced Profit

    Air New Zealand today announced normalised earnings* before taxation of $33 million for the six month period ended 31 December 2011, a 71% decline on the same period last year. Net profit after taxation was $38 million.

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  • Feb
    9
    Picture your upgrade competition

    Your personal snapshot showing the Star Alliance Gold benefits could be rewarded with fantastic prizes.

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  • Feb
    3
    Bali is Air New Zealand’s newest international route

    Kiwis will now be able to fly non-stop to the popular holiday destination of Bali with the launch of Air New Zealand’s new twice weekly service between Auckland and Denpasar Airport.

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January 2012
  • Jan
    31
    Air New Zealand CEO Resignation

    Air New Zealand will have a new Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

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  • Jan
    24
    Star Alliance Conventions Plus goes online

    First Alliance Online Booking Tool for Conventions Travel

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  • Jan
    10
    Air New Zealand wins Oscars of the airline industry - again

    Air New Zealand has won Air Transport World’s prestigious Airline of the Year award for the second time in three years.

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