Award-winning airline Air New Zealand is launching its first ever global brand campaign in the UK today. Featuring acclaimed New Zealand actor Sam Neill, the campaign will showcase to travellers why the airline is a better way to fly to New Zealand.
Air New Zealand’s domestic network is operating largely as normal and the situation is beginning to stabilise as the airline manages its way through the impact of Refining New Zealand’s temporary shut-down of its pipeline to Auckland.
Air New Zealand has today announced earnings before taxation for the 2017 financial year of $527 million, compared to $663 million in the prior year - the second highest result in the airline’s history. Net profit after taxation was $382 million.
Air New Zealand will fly almost 60,000 additional seats between Auckland and Honolulu from April to October next year, an increase of 75 per cent compared with this year. The airline will operate an additional 94 return services during the period, moving to daily flights and up to nine services per week during the busy July school holiday period.
Jonathan Zhang, country manager, China, Air New Zealand, chats to Breaking Travel News as he picks up a trophy at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony in Shanghai.
Air New Zealand has announced three new appointments including Jorge Flores-Garcia as the sales manager for the UK and Europe. At the same time, Sandra Rogat will take up the role of manager of market development for the region, while Bethany Bond becomes the manager of performance and alliance.
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.