Air New Zealand will begin rolling out inflight Wi-Fi on its jet services in 2017. Chief executive Christopher Luxon today announced at a media and travel trade event in Sydney that flights between Australia and New Zealand would be the first to receive connectivity. “Air New Zealand is in the final stages of commercial negotiations with Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics with internet connectivity to be supplied by Inmarsat’s new global GX satellite constellation and integrated with Air New Zealand’s in-cabin Panasonic Avionics technology,” he explained.
Air New Zealand is to spend over £55 million increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300 fleet (which operates from London Heathrow) in response to customer trends. Increasing demand for premium travel means the three Dreamliners scheduled to be delivered from October 2017 will arrive with a fresh new cabin configuration that will increase the number of Business Premier seats from 18 to 27 and Premium Economy seats from 21 to 33.
Air New Zealand has launched the latest in its series of entertaining in-flight safety videos. The latest production features actor Rhys Darby and Anna Faris.
Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have announced a marketing partnership worth more than $20 million over the coming financial year to promote New Zealand to new and existing international markets and collaboratively grow the value on in-bound tourism. The two organisations have signed a new memorandum of understanding investing more than $10 million each over 12 months in cooperative marketing activity in the key markets of Australia, China, North and South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Europe.
United Airlines and Air New Zealand have announced a joint venture revenue-sharing agreement, deepening the partnership between the two airlines, which are both members of Star Alliance. Under the new revenue-sharing agreement, the carriers will more closely coordinate sales and marketing in order to offer their mutual customers more travel options between the mainland US and New Zealand, as well as to other destinations throughout the airlines’ route networks.
Air New Zealand has announced earnings before taxation of $457 million for the first six months of the 2016 financial year, an increase of 132 per cent on the prior period. Net profit after taxation was $338 million, an increase of 154 per cent. The interim result was driven by exceptionally strong passenger revenue growth, underpinned by over 16 per cent capacity growth across the network.
Air New Zealand has signed a three year global strategic partnership with STA Travel to boost revenue and promote inbound tourism to the youth and student market. The agreement builds on previous work between Air New Zealand and STA Travel globally and will focus on generating sales by leveraging STA Travel’s global distribution network in the priority markets of New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, North America and Asia.
Air New Zealand and Flight Centre Travel Group have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement which aims to create mutual opportunities for both parties to grow their global revenue position across New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and the UK. The three year agreement was signed last night in Brisbane by Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon and Flight Centre Travel Group chief Graham Turner.
Air New Zealand has today announced it’s expanding its Pacific Rim presence introducing New Zealand’s first direct service to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Air New Zealand will fly three times a week between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport on a seasonal basis, operating from June to October in 2016 with the potential to expand the season in subsequent years.
Boeing and Air New Zealand have finalised an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July. “The entry into service program has gone very smoothly and we’ve been incredibly pleased with the aircraft’s performance,” said Christopher Luxon, chief executive officer, Air New Zealand.