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Air New Zealand’s new safety video

Air New Zealand has issued this new safety video:

Air New Zealand to fly nonstop to New York

Air New Zealand has announced its first, nonstop flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport.

Starting September 17, Air New Zealand will offer direct flights from New York to Auckland, celebrating the airline’s continued commitment to growth, with JFK being its seventh North American airport. This incredible aviation milestone will be the fourth longest flight in the world at 17 hours and 35 minutes.

Pertaining to COVID-19, in order to enter New Zealand:

  • All travelers entering New Zealand must be fully vaccinated in line with New Zealand government entry requirements.
  • A negative pre-departure test (PCR, LAMP or Rapid Antigen) in line with New Zealand government requirements is required for all travelers.
  • No compulsory requirement for all arriving travelers to either self-isolate or enter a government managed isolation hotel, i.e. all forms of isolation for arriving travelers (including foreign nationals) are removed at all border reopening steps except for unvaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents returning to the country.
  • All travelers will be provided with two rapid antigen tests at no charge on arrival at Auckland Airport which are self-administered after exit from the airport.
  • Travelers will be asked to undertake the first test on day of arrival and then a second test on day 5/6 after arrival, this can be done once travelers have left the airport e.g. at home or hotel.
  • Travelers who test positive via either of their arrival day or day 5/6 RAT test will be required to take PCR test to confirm positive status, if positive they will then be asked to self-isolate in line with the requirements that apply to all community COVID-19 cases in New Zealand.

Getting to New Zealand just got easier. Today, Air New Zealand has announced its first flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to New Zealand will be on 17 September this year.

Landing at Auckland International Airport, the airline will operate the new route three times a week, year-round with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The new service further deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.

Departing New York at 9:55pm, customers will enjoy Air New Zealand’s award-winning cabin experience, and when they wake up they’ll be able to hit the ground running, heading off the beaten track and immersing themselves in everything New Zealand has to offer.

“Traditionally, flight numbers 1 and 2 are used for an airline’s flagship route. And that’s what New York will be – our flagship route. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the past few years to make this ultra-long-haul service a reality – it’s one of the longest routes in the world, at just over 16 hours northbound and 17 and a half hours southbound.”

There’s been a lot of thought put into the onboard experience and a particular focus on the sleep ritual for Premium customers, introducing relaxing balms and sleepy teas and snacks. For those needing help to unwind a little more, the airline will launch ‘Zentertainment’ on its inflight entertainment system to encourage a restful sleep. And before descent into Auckland, a brunch service including a classic Kiwi flat white coffee will be offered.

Through Air New Zealand’s strong partnership with United Airlines, domestic customers across the US can easily connect to New Zealand through New York as well as Air New Zealand’s other gateways.

The configuration of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will service this route offers more Premium seats than other Dreamliners in the airline’s fleet. The flight will offer 27 seats in Business, 33 in Premium Economy, 215 in Economy and 13 Economy Skycouches – innovative private Economy seats that convert into a couch after take-off so customers can spread out, lie down or snooze.

Inaugural outbound flight schedule – September 17 only:

Flight No. Operated by Aircraft type Departs Arrives Frequency
NZ2 Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland


New York



Flight schedule effective 19 September:

Flight No. Operated by Aircraft type Departs Arrives Frequency
NZ1 Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner New York



07:30 +2

Mon, Thu, Sat
NZ2 Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland


New York


Flights will arrive into and depart from Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Flights are subject to government and regulatory requirements.

Air New Zealand reviews 2021: A year in the air at 35,000 ft

Before 2022 starts to fly by, Air New Zealand has been crunching the numbers from the past 12 months to reveal all that’s been carried, eaten and sipped onboard our flights.

Air New Zealand carried almost 8 million customers (7,919,929 to be exact) and operated 118,721 flights around Aotearoa and the world in 2021.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says if the year has taught the airline anything, it was that Kiwis absolutely love to travel around Aotearoa.

“7.4 million customers travelled on our domestic network last year, up from 6.7 million in 2020, which is just fantastic to see.”

The increase is despite Auckland, which accounts for a significant percentage of domestic travelers, being in lockdown for several months.

One of the airline’s busiest days on the domestic network was not long after Auckland’s borders opened, with more than 30,000 customers taking to the skies on 23 December.

“We also welcomed many frequent flyers, with our most frequent flyer taking 230 flights in 2021, clocking up a staggering 96,121 kilometres in the air.”

Air New Zealand crew also helped quench customers’ thirst and handed out almost 4.5 million Cookie Time cookies, 8 million famous Air New Zealand lollies, and 1.3 million savoury snacks.

Among the other things customers enjoyed was:

  • 176,796 litres of juice
  • 96,632 litres of soft drink
  • 123,922 litres of beer
  • 40,095 litres of red wine
  • 21,182 litres of Chardonnay
  • 23,050 litres of Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2,142 litres of whiskey
  • 591,280 crackers

And it’s not just a cookie and a cuppa tea that’s a match made in heaven, so too is the airline’s continued partnership with the Department of Conservation, helping protect New Zealand’s native species.

In 2021, Air New Zealand helped relocate more than 600 threatened species and flew 73 conversation dogs around the country.

We also donated more than 720,800 goods including blankets, pillows, and cookies to support a range of charities, such as Women’s Refuge.

Keeping our customers, employees and communities safe, as always, was front of mind and in 2021, the airline was responsible for using and giving out 5,653 litres of hand sanitizer.

Air New Zealand also helped some 300 people get vaccinated, after transforming a 787-9 aircraft into a special “Jabaseat” vaccination clinic.

Shipments of vaccines and other medical supplies were carried by the airline into New Zealand, as well as Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Rarotonga, Niue and Australia.

It was a busy year, especially for the airline’s cargo operation, carrying 121,000 tons of cargo across New Zealand and the world.

This includes:

  • 12,200 tonnes of fresh produce (largest quantities being capsicums, blueberries, avocados and tomatoes)
  • 6,300 tonnes of chilled meat (lamb, beef and chicken)
  • 2,700 tonnes of chilled salmon
  • 1,600 tonnes of lobsters
  • 6,400 tonnes of other seafood (fish, clams, tuna, mussels, oysters)

Last year Air New Zealand also welcomed three new aircraft into its fleet, including two new A320neo aircraft and one ATR 72-600 to help connect Kiwis to the regions, across the Tasman and beyond.

Ms Geraghty says despite lockdowns and continued restrictions on travel caused by the global pandemic, Air New Zealand achieved a phenomenal amount in 2021.

“I’m incredibly proud of the Air New Zealand team and all that’s been achieved last year. Things are certainly looking up for 2022, with borders expected to open in the months ahead. We’re looking forward to carrying more Kiwis to where they need to be, relocating native wildlife, transporting cargo and everything in between!”

Air New Zealand receives additional government funding

Air New Zealand announced today it has amended the terms of its government support package, for up to NZ$500 million ($337.90 million) in additional liquidity.

Air New Zealand adds a new Airbus A320neo, asks for name suggestions

Air New Zealand has take delivery of an Airbus A320neo (ZK-NHF). The company on social media is asking for name suggestions:

Air New Zealand heads back to Vancouver, converts a 787 to a vaccination clinic called “Jabaseat”

Air New Zealand has secured a further five months of support for cargo flights under the Government’s extended Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MIAC) scheme, with Vancouver being added to the mix.

With the MIAC scheme now extended from November 1, 2021 through to March 31, 2022, the scheme will ensure additional and much-needed air freight capacity is available over the summer peak so high value New Zealand goods can get to market.

Since this Government support scheme came into effect in May 2020, the airline has flown nearly 7,000 flights, carrying over 100,000 tonnes of cargo into and out of New Zealand.

In other news, the airline has announced “destination vaccination”.

The airline is transforming a 787 aircraft into a special vaccination clinic, ‘Jabaseat’, to encourage Aucklanders to get vaccinated this Super Saturday.

Special markings have been added to this 787.

Air New Zealand to introduce ‘no jab, no fly’ for international travellers

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-319 ER ZK-OKR (msn 44546) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928708.

Air New Zealand has made this announcement:

“We’re getting ready to reconnect with the world and letting customers know what they need to do to be ready to take off when we can,” says Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran.

“Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the new reality of international travel –many of the destinations Kiwis want to visit are already closed to unvaccinated visitors. The quicker we get vaccinated, the sooner we can fly Kiwis to places like New York, Vancouver and Narita.

“We’ve been hearing from both customers and employees that this measure is important to them. It came through loud and clear in our recent consultation process with employees and we want to do everything we can to protect them. Mandating vaccination on our international flights will give both customers and employees the peace of mind that everyone onboard meets the same health requirements as they do.”

These requirements will sit alongside the measures the airline already has to keep New Zealand safe.

“It’s not just customers who will be required to be vaccinated – it’s everyone on board an Air New Zealand aircraft traveling internationally, adding to the health and safety measures we already have in place. Another tool in our toolbox.

“As with anything, there will be some that disagree. However, we know this is the right thing to do to protect our people, our customers and the wider New Zealand community. We’ll spend the next few months making sure we get this right, ensuring it works as smoothly as possible for our customers. This also gives anyone wanting to travel from next year plenty of time to get their vaccination.

“To take some of the friction out of the travel experience and to help our customers know exactly what they need to travel before even getting to the airport, we’re continuing to work on rolling out the International Air Transport Associations (IATA) Travel Pass app.”

The airline continues to work closely with the Government and Airport groups on the Reconnecting New Zealanders plan.

Air New Zealand’s vaccination requirement will apply to all passengers aged 18 and older arriving or departing Aotearoa on an Air New Zealand aircraft. Customers who are not vaccinated will be required to present proof that vaccination was not a viable option for them for medical reasons.

IATA Travel Pass

Using Timatic, the IATA Travel Pass will check customers’ health information against flight details to ensure they are meeting entry requirements for that destination, and the airline.

The app is based on decentralized technology which means there is no central database holding passenger information. Passengers have complete discretion as to whether they share their data or not and they can delete their data at any time on the app, without fear of this being stored.

Top Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-319 ER ZK-OKR (msn 44546) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928708.

Air New Zealand aircraft slide show:

Air New Zealand is adding “red flights” between Australia and New Zealand in December

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-319 ER ZK-OKN (msn 38406) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 955314.

Air New Zealand made this announcement:

The ‘red’ (quarantine) flights will sit alongside the current ‘green’ (quarantine free) flights available in the booking system and will be labelled accordingly. The airline’s ‘red’ services flight numbers will start with NZ8, the ‘green’ services will start with NZ1. Please refer to the below schedule for further information.

As quarantine-free travel with Australia is paused up until the end of November, the airline still has green (quarantine-free) flights available to book from December. However, these flights will be cancelled if the quarantine-free travel pause is extended. If customers currently booked on a green flight wish to transfer their booking to a red flight, we recommend they go online to put their flight into credit and then use the credit to rebook onto a red service.

Top Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-319 ER ZK-OKN (msn 38406) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 955314.
Air New Zealand aircraft slide show:

Airbus and Air New Zealand to study potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft

Air New Zealand and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on a joint study to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations.

Under the agreement, Air New Zealand will analyze the impact hydrogen-powered aircraft may have on its network, operations and infrastructure. Meanwhile, Airbus will share expected aircraft  performance and ground operations characteristics to support Air New Zealand in its decarbonization roadmap.

Airbus is currently studying three concepts for hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, turbofan and blended wing option. The company plans to bring a hydrogen-powered aircraft to the market by 2035.

Air New Zealand and Airbus to research future of hydrogen-powered aircraft in Aotearoa

Air New Zealand and aircraft manufacturer Airbus have today announced a joint initiative to research how hydrogen-powered aircraft could assist the airline with reaching its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

In a first for the Asia-Pacific region, the two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on a joint research project to better understand the opportunities and challenges of flying zero-emission hydrogen aircraft in New Zealand.

Under the MoU, Air New Zealand will analyze the impact hydrogen aircraft may have on its network, operations and infrastructure, while Airbus will provide hydrogen aircraft performance requirements and ground operations characteristics to support Air New Zealand to develop its decarbonization roadmap.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says the MoU is an exciting step towards understanding how hydrogen-powered aircraft could become a reality in New Zealand.

“This agreement brings us a step closer to our net zero emissions by 2050 commitment, and to realizing our aspiration to put low carbon solutions in place for our shorter domestic and regional flights in the next decade. New Zealand has a unique opportunity to be a world leader in the adoption of zero emissions aircraft, given the country’s commitment to renewable energy which can be used to generate green hydrogen and our highly connected regional air network.

“At this stage, both hydrogen and battery electric aircraft are still on the table as potential options for our shorter domestic flights, along with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for long haul operations. This research will help to inform future decision making as we work to decarbonize the airline.”

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the MoU is an opportunity for the airline to be part of the design and definition of how a hydrogen-powered aircraft might fit into its own operations.

“We’ll be working closely with Airbus to understand opportunities and challenges, including achievable flying range and what ground infrastructure or logistics changes may be required to implement this technology in New Zealand.”

Airbus Asia-Pacific President Anand Stanley says the company chose to work with Air New Zealand because of its commitment to sustainability, reputation for technical excellence and alignment with the manufacturer’s own decarbonization goals.

“This agreement with Air New Zealand will provide us with important insights about how we could put a zero-emission aircraft into service. The joint study will enable us to gain invaluable feedback on what airlines will expect and their preferences in terms of configuration and performance.

Airbus is currently looking at three concepts for hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, turbofan and blended wing option.