Air New Zealand increases its share of Virgin Australia to 22.99%, goes with the “black” look

Air New Zealand (Auckland) has entered into an agreement to acquire a further three percent of the shares of Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane), taking its interest to 22.99 percent.

The company issued this statement:

The agreement is subject to customary Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) conditions and Air New Zealand has filed the required Substantial Shareholder Notice.

Air New Zealand will consider acquiring up to a further 3% of the shares in Virgin Australia, to the extent it is permitted to do so under the Australian Corporations Act, and has made an application to FIRB on that basis.

As part of its usual process, FIRB seeks the views of the ACCC on any competition related issues. The ACCC has advised Air New Zealand that it intends to conduct public enquiries to enable it to form a view in relation to these potential shareholdings.

The additional interest affirms Air New Zealand’s strong belief and confidence in Virgin Australia and the strategy it is pursuing under the leadership of John Borghetti and his team.

Air New Zealand is not seeking a position on the Board of Virgin Australia nor does it have the intention of obtaining control of Virgin Australia.

Air New Zealand 2012 logo

Top Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/ (all others by Air New Zealand). As planned, Air New Zealand is going to this very simplistic black and white “color scheme”. The airline is now promoting its new look. The first Airbus A320 to be repainted is the pictured A320-232 ZK-OJQ (msn 4584) pictured departing from the Auckland hub. In the past ANZ has had very colorful liveries (please click on the Slide Show below for a history of ANZ color schemes).

Air New Zealand Kia Ora ad (ANZ)(LR)

Air New Zealand: AG Slide Show

Virgin Australia: AG Slide Show

Video: An unusual Airbus A320 Safety Video: