Category Archives: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand to suspend Kapiti Coast service

Air New Zealand Link-Air Nelson Bombardier DHC-8-311 ZK-NEA (msn 611) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 900337.

Air New Zealand is suspending its service between Kapiti Coast and Auckland from April this year.

The airline issued this statement:

Customer demand for domestic travel continues to experience steady growth with the airline adding 630,000 more seats nationwide this financial year alone and an expectation that it will further grow the regional turboprop network alone by 4.5 percent or 265,000 seats in the coming financial year.

Against this backdrop, the airline is currently making domestic schedule adjustments to better match its aircraft seat capacity to areas of growing customer demand and is committed to continuing to grow the wider regional network.

Air New Zealand has operated the Kapiti – Auckland service since 2011 and recognizes the support the community has given to it. On withdrawal, Air New Zealand will extend support to any other airline that operates the route as it has in other ports.

The last service between Kapiti Coast and Auckland will operate on April 3, 2018. Passengers booked to travel on this service past this date will be re-accommodated on alternative services.

Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Link-Air Nelson Bombardier DHC-8-311 ZK-NEA (msn 611) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 900337.

In other news, Air New Zealand has released a new video that spotlights Antarctica:



Air New Zealand is coming to Taipei

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ (msn 37966) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934340.

Air New Zealand has announced it will fly up to five times a week between Auckland and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport from November 2018, with flight NZ77 departing Auckland at 10:35 am and arriving in Taipei at 4:50 pm local time. NZ78 will depart Taipei at 6:30 pm local time, arriving in Auckland at 10:20 am +1.

With a flight time of just over 11 hours, the service from Auckland to the central Asian destination will be operated by Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.


Air New Zealand’s Auckland – Taipei schedule from 1 November 2018 is as follows:

This announcement comes after the airline launched direct services to Houston and Buenos Aires in December 2015 and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in June 2016.

Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ (msn 37966) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934340.

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Air New Zealand launches a new emoji inspired NZ guide

Air New Zealand has made this announcement:

Air New Zealand launches emoji travel tips Air New Zealand has developed an interactive online experience allowing people to explore the best New Zealand has to offer using emojis.

Users will be asked to comment on Air New Zealand #EmojiJourney Facebook or Twitter posts with a combination of emojis which would best describe their perfect New Zealand getaway. This will then automatically generate a link to a personalised map of New Zealand for them, with emojis highlighting points likely to be of interest.

Clicking on each of the emojis on the personalised map will provide more information about destinations and activities on offer – such as food and beverage hot spots, shopping, art and culture, adventure pursuits and things to do in the outdoors.

Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams Williams says people, particularly millennials and Generation Z, love to use emojis in their day to day life and the #EmojiJourney is designed to inspire travel to and within New Zealand using social media.

“This is a fun and unique way to showcase New Zealand and our regions, from skiing at Ruapehu, rafting in Rotorua, or whale watching in Kaikoura, to the iconic Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, or some of the country’s foodie hotspots.  For example, if I wanted to head to one of New Zealand’s renowned wine regions I would enter the wine emoji.

“Our airline is committed to enhancing the customer experience and leading the way when it comes to innovation. #EmojiJourney will be progressively launched in our global markets in English, Japanese, German and Chinese and we hope this new experience will not only inspire visitors to travel to New Zealand but will also get Kiwis out exploring their own backyard,” says Ms Williams.

Twitter’s Managing Director for ANZ Suzy Nicoletti says, “Emojis have become almost ubiquitous on Twitter as everyone from politicians, to sports stars, to brands are using these expressive images to communicate.  When you can convey emotion faster and in less characters than words, it’s no wonder they are so popular.

“With an average of 3.5 billion emojis used on Twitter every month, Air New Zealand’s #EmojiJourney campaign is a fun and easy way for Twitter users to discover the best of what New Zealand has to offer, with all the creativity we’ve come to expect from @FlyAirNZ.”

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Airline safety can be fun – according to these 6 videos

Let’s face it: Airline safety videos are a tricky matter. It’s a challenge for carriers to present content that’s been heard a million times before in a way that makes it seem like it’s the latest thing. Furthermore, this prerecorded material should be creative enough to make passengers – from all backgrounds and attention spans – watch it from start to finish.

Fortunately, over the years, airlines have produced inventive safety videos, proving that with the right amount of imagination, it’s possible to make something as routine as reminding people to fasten their seatbelts fun and rather memorable. So, are these six short clips entertaining or just distracting? You be the judge.

1. Singapore Airlines 

The Singapore Girl is a prominent element of the Singaporean national carrier’s marketing. Here, dressed in her signature sarong kebaya – made of traditional Asian batik and designed by Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain in 1968 – she takes passengers on a tour of the island city-state. Along the way, important instructions to ensure one’s safety on board are shown.

2. British Airways 

This six-minute short features some of the the UK’s best-known actors, comedians and celebrities, such as Rowan Atkinson, Ian McKellen, Gordon Ramsay and Thandie Newton. Done in collaboration with the UK charity Comic Relief, these personalities are seen auditioning in sketches in front of comedian Asim Chaudhry – as his alter ego Chabuddy G –for a role in British Airways’ new safety video.

3. Philippine Airlines 

According to the Philippine flag carrier, inflight safety is their top priority. In this nationwide crowd-sourced video, various individuals share safety procedures while enjoying some of the Southeast Asian archipelago’s attractions. It’s a safety video and tourism presentation cleverly rolled into one.

4. TAP Portugal 

The Portuguese national airline recruited actual passengers to perform safety instructions in a set located in a hangar at its primary hub, Lisbon Airport. One thousand travellers from different nationalities tried out for a spot in the video, and only 25 were picked to take part in the production which took eight days to complete. All that effort paid off, since the video won the APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best In-Flight Video in 2013.

5. Air France 

Living up to its reputation as the country that invented chic, this video from the French flag carrier features the actress Dorcas Coppins in a flight attendant’s uniform, delivering the safety message in both French and English. Simultaneously, five women in Breton tops and flowy skirts act out the instructions or hold props as a song by American electronic duo Glass Candy plays in the background.

6. Air New Zealand 

To celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – in 2014, the official airline of Middle-earth unveiled what it dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Directed by Taika Waititi, the four-minute-long clip stars Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, John Rhys-Davies (as Gimli) and New Zealand’s own Sir Peter Jackson.



Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia team up to expand service on the Auckland – Brisbane route

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-319 ER ZK-OKS (msn 44547) LHR (SPA). Image: 934886.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have announced changes to one of their key alliance routes driven by an improved demand outlook.

The two airlines are set to provide customers with an expanded schedule of flights on the Auckland-Brisbane route, with up to five extra flights a week delivering an additional 38,000 seats between April and October 2018. This means customers will now be able to choose from up to 34 return services per week.

In addition, Virgin Australia will be re-timing its weekday Auckland-Brisbane service to provide a better evening schedule proposition for the alliance, with the choice of departure times of 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:30pm allowing for more flexibility in travel times for customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-319 ER ZK-OKS (msn 44547) LHR (SPA). Image: 934886.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIA (msn 37824) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913307.

Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIA (msn 37824) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913307.




From Air New Zealand: How did the kiwi get to New Zealand?

The kiwi is much more than just a native New Zealand bird, it’s an iconic symbol of the nation. Although the kiwi is a bird, kiwi are not able to fly. This isn’t unusual in New Zealand, which is home to more species of flightless birds than anywhere else in the world. The unique location and history of the country has meant historically birds didn’t need to fly to avoid land-based predators, they could happily forage and nest on the ground.

The fact the kiwi could only really have evolved in New Zealand, combined with their quirky characteristics, makes them the perfect symbol to represent the unique characters you’ll meet on a trip to New Zealand.

Although kiwi can’t fly there is one way for them to get up in the air, as Pete the Kiwi found in the video below.

The great kiwi mystery

One mystery that still baffles experts is how the kiwi found its way to New Zealand in the first place. The kiwi’s closest relatives live 1000s of kilometres away in Madagascar and Australia, which is a long journey for a flightless bird travel. Although the kiwi is a strong swimmer, it’s not likely to have paddled all the way.

There’s a few theories as to how the kiwi did it, it might have used stepping stones or small islands that have long since sunk back into the water. It could also have been that kiwi evolved from a New Zealand ancestor that lived millions of years ago, before the many islands on Earth broke away from the main land masses that exist today.

However, one of the strongest theories is that the many years ago an ancestor of the kiwi could still fly, and that over the centuries this ability was lost due to there being no ground-based predators to attack the kiwi.

Kiwi facts

You can find more facts on the New Zealand Department of Conservation website.

  • There are 68,000 kiwi left in New Zealand.
  • The unmanaged kiwi population is declining at a rate of 2% a year because of predators introduced by humans.
  • Kiwi usually live to between 25 and 50 years of age.
  • They are the only bird with nostrils at the tip of the beak, meaning they have a great sense of smell.
  • Their powerful legs make up a third of their bodyweight, making them fast runners.

If you want to learn even more about the kiwi, one option is to fly to New Zealand where you can see them in the wild or in captivity at the many zoos and ecological centres. You can also learn more about this amazing bird and efforts to save them on the Kiwis for Kiwi website.


Air New Zealand lands in Houston

Air New Zealand flight NZ28 arrives in Houston to a kapa haka performance. (PRNewsFoto/Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand flight NZ28 arrives in Houston to a kapa haka performance. (PRNewsFoto/Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand’s (Auckland) inaugural flight to Houston touched down yesterday (December 15) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Flight NZ 28 departed Auckland at 6:30 pm on December 14 and arrived in Houston around 1:15pm local time.

The flight, operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, was welcomed to Houston with a performance on the tarmac by a kapa haka group made up of Air New Zealand staff.

Air New Zealand 2012 logo

This week ANZ marks 50 years of flying to the U.S.

Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner United Airlines, which has a large Houston-based hub, will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. A global gateway city, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) provides nonstop service to nearly 200 airports around the globe (113 domestic U.S. destinations).

Air New Zealand will fly between Houston and Auckland up to five times per week, operating its fully-refurbished Boeing 777-200 ER.

With the addition of Houston, Air New Zealand offers direct service to New Zealand from five North American gateways, also including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu.

The inaugural flight from Houston to Auckland departed yesterday at 8:25 pm (2025) local time.

Photo: Air New Zealand.

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