Media Releases 2013

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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
    9
    Air New Zealand announces extended 2014 Sunshine Coast season

    Air New Zealand has today announced it will return to Australia’s Sunshine Coast for a third consecutive season next year following the popularity of this year’s service, which ended in October.

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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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October 2013
  • 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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November 2013
  • Nov
    14
    Air New Zealand to Support Virgin Australia Rights Issue

    Air New Zealand confirms that it will be fully supporting the rights issue announced by Virgin Australia earlier today.

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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
    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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September 2013
  • Sep
    20
    Air New Zealand welcomes reauthorisation of trans-Tasman alliance

    Air New Zealand welcomes the decision today by the Minister of Transport Hon Gerry Brownlee to extend authorisation of the trans-Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia until 31 October 2018.

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October 2013
  • 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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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
    10
    Air New Zealand Responds to ACCC Decision on Virgin Australia Alliance

    Air New Zealand welcomes the ACCC's draft determination to reauthorise the Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia trans-Tasman alliance for three years.

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June 2013
  • 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
    11
    Air New Zealand safety video wins digital award

    Hobbits have proven a winning formula for Air New Zealand with the airline’s Hobbit-themed ‘An Unexpected Briefing’ safety video announced as a winner at the Digital Innovation Asia Awards.

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  • Jun
    6
    Air New Zealand increases interest in Virgin Australia to 22.99%

    Air New Zealand has entered into an agreement to acquire a further 3% of the shares of Virgin Australia, taking its interest to 22.99%.

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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
    23
    Air New Zealand offers improved check-in with new Melbourne kiosk service

    Air New Zealand customers travelling trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes have flocked to use the new check-in kiosks introduced this week at Melbourne Airport.

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  • 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
    13
    Air New Zealand tops Customer Experience index

    Air New Zealand has topped the Nunwood Customer Experience Excellence (CEE) Index in Australia which measures companies that excel in the eyes of their customers.

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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 and Virgin Australia boost trans-Tasman capacity to Queenstown during ski season

    The trans-Tasman alliance of Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will this year add more than 30,000 extra seats between Queenstown and Australia over the peak winter period of July to September.

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  • Apr
    18
    Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia launch direct link between Christchurch and Perth

    Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia announced today that they will become the first airlines to offer a direct service between Christchurch and the West Australian capital of Perth in over 20 years.

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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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September 2013
  • Sep
    3
    Air New Zealand welcomes ACCC determination on
    Virgin Australia alliance

    Air New Zealand welcomes the determination of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which has granted authorisation for its trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia through until 31 October 2018.

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November 2013
  • Nov
    19
    Airpoints Programme Bolsters Generosity for Members

     Air New Zealand’s 1.4 million Airpoints members will now earn Airpoints Dollars on every regularly available fare and can look forward to enjoying several million more Airpoints Dollars every year following changes announced today.

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