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.
Air New Zealand is looking forward to a positive 2013 after overcoming a challenging period over the past three years. Reporting a 12 per cent fall in net profits, to NZ$71 million, chairman John Palmer said the airline had come through the “though times” in a stronger position.
Air New Zealand is doubling the number of charter services it operates between Japan and New Zealand, with 14 from seven Japanese cities confirmed for this summer season.
Air New Zealand has confirmed it will take up the mantel of “official airline” for Middle-earth with the announcement of a global two-movie partnership with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. As part of a new two-year partnership, passengers to and from the UK and North America can look forward to flying on two film-branded Boeing 777 aircraft, enjoy a very special edition of the in-flight safety video and take part in a wide range of upcoming promotions and experiences.
Air New Zealand chairman has confirmed Christopher Luxon will be appointed as the airline’s next chief executive. John Palmer said today Luxon will take over from current chief executive Rob Fyfe at the end of December.
Air New Zealand’s new all black Boeing 777-300ER was treated to a hero’s welcome today as it landed at London Heathrow. The all black Boeing officially begins flying the London – Los Angeles - Auckland route this week and was ceremoniously greeted at the gate by the cabin crew to celebrate.
Air New Zealand is again operating its popular charter programme from Japan to New Zealand this summer as it continues to stimulate passenger growth from this important tourism market.
Air New Zealand is launching a new Airpoints membership card loaded with smart new features intended to transform its popular loyalty card into the ultimate travel companion.