Category Archives: Air New Zealand

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.

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Air New Zealand announces new nonstop service between Chicago and Auckland

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI (msn 37965) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 933760.

Air New Zealand has announced it will begin new nonstop service between Auckland and Chicago (O’Hare), beginning November 30, 2018.

The new service announcement deepens the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.

In addition to the new route announcement, United announced it will extend its seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland to year-round beginning April 2019.

Air New Zealand service between Auckland and Chicago

From November 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound.

Air New Zealand code share service will be offered on around 100 flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via Chicago. United Airlines operates more flights from its hub at O’Hare International Airport than any other airline, with more than 500 flights to 147 airports across the United States.

United expands service between San Francisco and Auckland

Beginning in April 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with three-times-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United’s flight arriving in Auckland will offer passengers more than 20 connections across the region. The return trip utilizes United’s extensive route network in San Francisco, which provides connections to the United States, Canada, and Latin America. United operates more than 290 daily flights from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to 79 airports across the U.S. and 26 international destinations. Tickets for the expanded San Franciscoschedule will be available on united.com and airnewzealand.com later this year.

United service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with a Boeing 777-300ER between November and March and will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft between April and October. 

Since United and Air New Zealand began their alliance in 2016, the joint venture has opened up more travel options for U.S. and New Zealand travelers than ever before. Overall passenger volumes have grown as customers traveling from New Zealand to the U.S. connect to United’s broad domestic network from its hubs in Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The new Chicago – Auckland Northern Winter 2018 schedule from November 30, 2018 is as follows:

Flight No.

Operated by

Aircraft type

Departs

Arrives

Effective dates

Frequency

NZ26 (UA6728)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland

20:10

Chicago

16:15

30 Nov 2018 –

8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

NZ26 (UA6728)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland

20:10

Chicago

17:15

10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

NZ27

(UA6727)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Chicago

19:10

Auckland

06:30+2

30 Nov 2018 –

8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

NZ27

(UA6727)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Chicago

20:10

Auckland

06:30+2

10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

Flights will arrive into and depart from Terminal 5 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The above timings are subject to change.

Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI (msn 37965) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 933760.

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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:

Video:

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.”

More from: https://emojijourney.airnewzealand.com

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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Virgin Australia:

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.