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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.
The “Romance Class” campaign, which was launched last month, highlights New Zealand as an idyllic destination for couples and follows on from the airline’s recent partnership with popular Chinese reality dating show “You are the one” and the Queenstown wedding of actress Yao Chen last year.
Air New Zealand and Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) have signed a partnership to work together to grow Chinese visitor numbers to New Zealand. The partnership will focus on targeting new geographic areas in China, promoting year-round travel to New Zealand, especially during the low-season, and positioning Auckland Airport as a main gateway for travel from China to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have signed a memorandum of understanding 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. The investment represents an increase in planned joint marketing spend of around 80 per cent compared with the previous financial year.
Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia announced today they will become the first airlines to offer a direct service between Perth and the New Zealand city of Christchurch in over 20 years. The twice weekly non-stop service will operate through the peak demand period from December 2013 until late April 2014.
Air New Zealand has seen earnings before tax increase to NZ$139 million during the first half of financial 2013, up from NZ$33 million last year. After tax net profit at the flag-carrier increased NZ$62 million to NZ$100 million.
Air New Zealand has 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. Special guests at the unveiling in Auckland, New Zealand, this morning were among the first to see the exterior imagery which depicts characters from the upcoming fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures production, which is the first in a trilogy of films from Kiwi director Sir Peter Jackson.
Air New Zealand has been forced to cancel flights following a volcanic eruption on the North Island. Mount Tongaririo erupted earlier, spewing a cloud of ash into the atmosphere and making flying unsafe.
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.
Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, which is painted in striking all black livery, as part of the airline’s support for New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks. The airline and ATR announced in October 2011 a contract for seven firm 68-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, plus options for another five, in a deal worth more than US $270 million.