Category Archives: Air New Zealand

Video: New safety video from Air New Zealand – Kiwi Safety

Our homegrown Safety Video It’s Kiwi Safety is the largest scale safety video we have ever produced, with a 600-strong cast. The video stars well-known Kiwi actor Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Deadpool2), local musicians Kings, Theia and Randa as well as talent from 30 community groups across the country. The safety video was filmed at various New Zealand locations in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Balclutha, Hokitika and Naseby in Central Otago. It also features a number of Air New Zealanders including cabin crew, pilots, engineers, loaders and airline staff from Dunedin Airport. Enjoy! Original music track: “It’s Tricky” by RUN-DMC “In the Neighbourhood” by Sisters Underground Track produced by Josh Fountain of Auckland’s Golden Age Studios.

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Air Lease Corporation announces delivery of Airbus A321-200neo aircraft with Air New Zealand

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the delivery of one new Airbus A321-200neo aircraft featuring Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM engines on long-term lease to Air New Zealand. This A321-200neo is the first of five Airbus A320neo family aircraft confirmed to deliver to Air New Zealand through 2019 from Air Lease Corporation’s order book with Airbus and joins two A320-200 aircraft currently on long-term lease to the airline.

“This deal is part of a long history between Air Lease Corporation and Air New Zealand and we are pleased to announce this new A321-200neo delivery today,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “Air New Zealand is known for aviation excellence worldwide and this A321-200neo adds significant enhancements to the airline’s first-rate fleet.”

Air New Zealand issued this statement on November 3, 2018:

The airline formally took delivery of the aircraft on Wednesday (Hamburg time) and it departed the Airbus Delivery Centre at Finkenwerder, Hamburg at 9.00 am Friday (local time).  The four-day journey will see the aircraft travel from Hamburg to Auckland via Oman, Kuala Lumpur and Cairns with a small team of nine on board.  It’s expected to arrive in Auckland late on Monday evening (NZ time)

The aircraft, with the tail registration ZK-NNA, is the first of 13 new Airbus neo aircraft (seven A321neos and six A320neos) to join Air New Zealand’s fleet and is expected to enter commercial service on 23 November operating flight NZ739 from Auckland to Brisbane.

A second A321neo is also expected to enter service in the coming weeks, while the majority of the remaining aircraft will follow at intervals through until late 2019, with the new fleet eventually replacing the airline’s A320s that currently operate Tasman and Pacific Island services.

A further seven A321neos have also been ordered for the airline’s domestic network and are expected to be delivered from 2020 to 2024.

Air New Zealand ventures into 3D printing of metal aircraft parts

Air New Zealand has been working with the North Shore based, New Zealand owned and operated company which specialises in the design and manufacture of 3D printed titanium and other metals using a technology called electron beam melting (EBM). The EBM machines are manufactured by Arcam EBM, a GE Additive company.

Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the airline is committed to innovation through 3D printing with new materials.

“It’s fantastic to be able to team up with and support local operator Zenith Tecnica and work with global company GE Additive to learn and collaborate in this space. While we are in the initial stages of working with these companies on 3D printing, so far, we have printed prototype metal framing for our Business Premier cabin, to quickly test new concepts and ideas and we have also made novelty wine aerators.

”While the aerators, made to look like replica aircraft engines, are a bit of fun we’re really excited by the possibility they represent as 3D printing is both cost and space effective. Aircraft interiors are made up of tens of thousands of parts, and the ability to 3D print on demand lightweight parts we only require a small number of, rather than rely on traditional manufacturing methods is of huge benefit to our business, without compromising safety, strength or durability.“

Zenith Tecnica Managing Director Martyn Newby says the company is pleased to bring its years of metal 3D printing experience with specialist aerospace and space component manufacture to the local New Zealand market.

”This is a good project to demonstrate the strength, versatility and utility of titanium 3D printed parts for aircraft applications and it’s very exciting to be working alongside Air New Zealand on this journey. We are in a very good position to support the local adoption of 3D printing for aviation applications and welcome Air New Zealand’s enthusiasm to embrace this emerging technology and help take it to the mainstream”

Air New Zealand first began its foray into the area of 3D printing in 2016 and has now moved into items like improved small parts for IFE screens which save cost and time, as well as working with new partners such as ST Engineering Aerospace on more advanced parts. The airline is also exploring the boundaries of new processes with Auckland University, Victoria University of Wellington and other technology companies. Most recently it has been using a 3D laser scanner for creating parts’ designs, tool designs and interior modelling.

Air New Zealand serves up the impossible

Air New Zealand has issued this statement:

Air New Zealand is the first in the world to serve the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger which is now available as part of its Business Premier menu on flights from Los Angeles to Auckland.

Impossible Burger’s magic ingredient is an iron-containing molecule called heme which comes from the roots of soy plants. The heme in the Impossible Burger is the same as the heme found in animal meat. The result is a plant-based burger patty that cooks, smells and tastes like beef but contains no animal products whatsoever.

Air New Zealand’s Inflight Customer Experience Manager Niki Chave says the airline has been watching Impossible Foods for some time and has been impressed with the work it’s doing.

“Like Impossible Foods, we are committed to offering our customers a fresh and innovative approach to cuisine. We’re incredibly excited about this partnership and the opportunity to offer our Business Premier customers travelling from Los Angeles to Auckland a delicious plant-based option that tastes just like the real deal.

“We’re confident vegetarians, flexitarians and dedicated meat lovers alike will enjoy the delicious taste of the Impossible Burger, but for those who want to stay with the tried and true it will sit alongside our regular selection of menu items prepared by our talented culinary team and consultant chefs.”

Impossible Foods CEO and Founder Dr. Patrick O. Brown says the company’s mission is to make the global food system more sustainable by making products that don’t compromise on sustainability, nutrition or taste.

“We launched with high-credibility, innovative chefs known for their delicious burgers, so it’s no coincidence our first airline partner has been named Airline of the Year for five straight years.

“The Impossible Burger is available in nearly 2,500 restaurants throughout the United States and now Air New Zealand will help us take the Impossible Burger to even greater heights.”

Air New Zealand will serve the Impossible Burger on flights NZ1 and NZ5 from Los Angeles to Auckland through until late October.

Photo: Impossible Foods.

QANTAS and Air New Zealand announce a codeshare deal

Air New Zealand and QANTAS Airways have announced plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s domestic networks, making travel within Australia and New Zealand easier.

Under the codeshare QANTAS intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on QANTAS’ domestic network.

Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall.

Eligible customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement.

The codeshare and customer offering will exclude Trans-Tasman flights. QANTAS will continue to codeshare on all connecting Jetstar New Zealand services.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available by the end of July 2018, for travel from October 28, 2018.

Qantas to code on 30 Air New Zealand domestic services

Air New Zealand to code on 85 QANTAS domestic services

All images by Air New Zealand and QANTAS Airways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air New Zealand boosts business flights to and from Palmy

Air New Zealand will operate an additional 12 one-way business timed services per week between Palmerston North and Auckland from mid-August.

The new service will depart Auckland for Palmerston North at 5:50 pm Sunday-Friday, with a return service from Palmerston North to Auckland departing at 7:25 am Monday-Saturday.

The new schedule will take effect from August 13, 2018.

 

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will end their trans-Tasman alliance in October

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKE (msn 32712) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937555.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia made this announcement:

The airlines commenced the strategic alliance at the end of 2010 to cooperate on services between New Zealand and Australia. Current regulatory approval for the alliance expires at the end of October this year and the parties will not apply for renewal.

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says market dynamics on the Tasman have changed and the time is now right for each airline to focus on its own objectives.

Current trans-Tasman alliance arrangements will remain in place until October 27, 2018 and customers travelling before this date will be unaffected. Customers booked with Air New Zealand to travel on a Virgin Australia service (or vice versa) after October 28 will be contacted by their booking airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKE (msn 32712) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937555.

Air New Zealand aircraft slide show:

Virgin Australia aircraft slide show:

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.