Air NZ Dreamliner to fly to Fiji



Air New Zealand has announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland – Nadi route this summer (November – March) adding 8,000 more seats to the route than last year. 

 

When Air New Zealand’s revolutionary new Boeing 787-9 lands at Nadi International Airport on 27 November 2015 it will be the first time this aircraft has operated to the Pacific Islands.

 

Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace says, “Fiji continues to be a hugely popular destination for Kiwis with the number of Kiwis travelling there growing steadily over the past three years.  We’re thrilled to be able to meet growing demand for Fiji as a destination with more seats and the exceptional Dreamliner experience.”

 

The Boeing 787-9 will initially operate two new services per week building to five during the peak mid-December to late January period.  In addition to this, there will also be an extra weekly A320 service added to the summer schedule to meet passenger demand.

 

The Boeing 787-9 services will initially operate on Saturdays and Sundays, extending to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the peak. The additional A320 service will operate on Sundays. 


Air NZ’s new route will be their longest non-stop flight

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Air New Zealand has today announced it will start flying to Houston, Texas from December this year, opening up a direct connection between New Zealand and America’s South for the first time.

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida.

The new route is set to become the fastest way for Kiwis to get to popular East Coast and Midwest destinations, such as New York and Chicago.

Today’s announcement means Air New Zealand will soon be offering direct services to five popular North American destinations – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hawaii and Houston.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the airline is hugely excited to be adding Houston to its list of international destinations, particularly as the move comes hard on the heels of the airline’s recent announcement that it will also begin flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.

“We are absolutely committed to expanding our Pacific Rim network. Houston offers our customers direct access into the heart of the American South and a world of new tourism experiences. Not only is Houston home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Mission Control and one of the world’s largest livestock shows and rodeos, it’s a great jumping off point for the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee; the jazz capital of New Orleans; and the resorts, theme parks and beaches of Florida. Houston is also a key gateway for Mexico and the rest of Central America and the Caribbean.

“The great American road trip features on many bucket lists. The addition of Houston to our network will mean our customers can fly direct to Texas and then set out to explore one of the most vibrant and fascinating parts of American culture and experience down home southern hospitality through the food, music and sights of Texas and the American South. It’s a great part of the USA for visitors to immerse themselves in and I know it’s going to have tremendous appeal for our customers.

“We also look forward to welcoming more visitors to New Zealand from the southern and Midwest states and major East Coast cities where the option to connect through Houston will effectively make New Zealand’s tourism proposition more accessible than ever before.”

Air New Zealand will code share from Houston to other key USA domestic destinations as well as Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean with Star Alliance partner United Airlines, which has a large Houston based hub. United will code share on the Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland and points beyond.

Tickets are expected to go on sale next month, with flights commencing mid December.

Boeing, Air New Zealand Finalize Order for Two 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and Air New Zealand have finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. The order, booked in 2014, comes six months after Air New Zealand celebrated the first 787-9 delivery in July.

“The entry into service program has gone very smoothly and we’ve been incredibly pleased with the aircraft’s performance,” said Christopher Luxon, chief executive officer, Air New Zealand. “These new 787-9 Dreamliners will provide us with additional flexibility as we move forward with our growth plans.”

This order will eventually increase the airline’s fleet to a total of 12 787-9s, which will operate alongside 15 777-200ERs (Extended Range) and 777-300ERs.

“Air New Zealand was the first airline in the world to take delivery of a 787-9 and one of the first to recognize the synergies of operating both the 787 and 777. The order shows their confidence in our long-haul products,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With its new aircraft and superior passenger experience, it is no surprise Air New Zealand was voted Airline of the Year by Airlineratings.com for the second year in a row.”

Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9 and currently operates three of the aircraft in its fleet. Including today’s announcement, the airline now has nine unfilled 787-9s on order.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters), the 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

To date, 58 customers around the world have ordered 1,071 787s.

NZ Post celebrates 75 years of Air New Zealand

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Air New Zealand will celebrate 75 years of operations in 2015 and is teaming up with New Zealand Post to issue a commemorative stamp collection which has just been made available for pre-order.

The stamp issue explores the evolution of Air New Zealand from Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) through to National Airways Corporation (NAC) and the Air New Zealand brand as we know it today.

Air New Zealand’s Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod says the airline has been part of the fabric of New Zealand for more than seven decades and the collection of five stamps showcases the role it has played in connecting the nation to the world.

“Air New Zealand has a rich history and to see it celebrated in this collection will inspire a sense of nostalgia and pride in all New Zealanders.”

New Zealand Post’s Head of Stamps and Coins Simon Allison says the stamp issue is a fitting way to mark the airline’s 75th anniversary.

“It’s fantastic to have two iconic Kiwi organisations come together to celebrate a significant milestone in New Zealand’s aviation history.”

The 75 Years Connecting New Zealand and the World collection is now available for pre-order here. The stamps will be on sale from 14 January 2015.

Air New Zealand unveils Te Papa exhibition celebrating 75 years of flying

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Air New Zealand will kick off its 75th anniversary celebrations with the launch of a special exhibition at the country’s national museum Te Papa in Wellington tonight.

The airline, which celebrates 75 years of operations next year, has worked with Te Papa to create a free retrospective exhibition Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our nation. The world. Connected that opens to the public on Saturday and runs through until June 2015.

The display showcases everything from crew uniforms to inflight entertainment and takes visitors on a journey through the decades of Air New Zealand’s history – from the early days of flying boats right through to the wide-bodied Boeing jets of today, with a small glimpse into the future too.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the exhibition brings to life an important time in New Zealand’s history – told through the lens of the national carrier.

“From food to fashion, technology or marketing material, an airline is a fantastic reflection on society.

“An enormous amount of work has gone into this exhibition – selecting from decades of fascinating memorabilia and displaying it in a way that will appeal to all ages. It’s fantastic to now be able to celebrate this journey shared and to reflect on how far we’ve come.”

Te Papa’s Chief Executive Rick Ellis says the exhibition helps the national museum fulfil its mandate to tell New Zealand’s stories.

“The story of Air New Zealand is about so much more than just flying. The exhibition is a unique angle on a wider Kiwi story about fashion and design, tourism and national identity, and engineering and innovation. As a nation of travellers this is an exhibition most New Zealanders will be able to relate to in a very personal way.”

HP has a long-standing relationship with both Air New Zealand and Te Papa, and has provided technology support, helping to bring the exhibition to life through video, interactive screens and leading edge computing technology.

“Two more please!” Air New Zealand order more dreamy 787’s

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Air New Zealand has today announced plans to take delivery of two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The airline already has three of these revolutionary new aircraft in its fleet with a further seven on firm order.

These two additional aircraft are expected to be delivered in late 2017 and the latter half of 2018 respectively and will take the total number of Dreamliners in the fleet to 12. The airline has another six 787-9 purchase options still available.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon announced the fleet investment at an event in Sydney today.

“This investment is possible as a result of our strong commercial results. As the airline’s commercial performance continues to improve, we are focussed on reinvesting our profits directly back into the business on products, services and fleet to further enhance the customer experience and to ensure the business remains strong and competitive.

“Air New Zealand is very committed to the Boeing 787-9. The aircraft is a key component in our growth strategy. These new aircraft will provide us with additional flexibility as we move forward with our growth plans,” says Mr Luxon.

Earlier this year Air New Zealand became the first airline in the world to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9. The airline first operated the aircraft to Sydney followed by scheduled services to Perth, Shanghai and most recently Tokyo.

“The entry into service programme has gone very smoothly and we’ve been incredibly pleased with the aircraft’s performance. Feedback from customers has also been very positive with many commenting on the cabin fit out, our new inflight product and entertainment system,” says Mr Luxon.

The aircraft is a game-changer for the airline with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort through a raft of on board technologies.

Air New Zealand announces December move to new LAX home

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Air New Zealand customers will soon enjoy a more seamless experience in Los Angeles when the airline moves its airport operations to the newly refurbished Tom Bradley International Terminal on 3 December.

The move will provide the airline’s customers with better connectivity to ports within the US and all the benefits of a newer terminal including faster processing, enhanced transit experience, a state-of-the-art lounge and more than 150,000 square feet of retail and dining space in the Great Hall.

Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui says the move is an exciting new chapter for the airline which has been operating to Los Angeles from Auckland for almost 50 years.

“We’re incredibly excited about our upcoming move to the Tom Bradley International Terminal and what it will mean for our customers. Enhancing the customer experience at all points of the customer journey continues to be a key priority and this move goes a long way to improving the ground experience at what is one of our busiest offshore ports.”

In another added benefit, transiting customers will no longer need to remain in a dedicated transit facility and will instead be able to access the wider terminal while waiting for connecting flights.

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Eligible customers will also have access to the Star Alliance Los Angeles Lounge which Air New Zealand manages on behalf of Star Alliance. The 18,000 square foot lounge opened in 2013 and features an open air terrace with panoramic views of the northern runway towards the Hollywood Hills and dedicated experience zones to cater to differing customer needs such as rest or business.

The terminal move is another investment the airline is making in its North American operations.

Air New Zealand currently operates double daily services between Auckland and Los Angeles as well as a daily service between Auckland and London, all using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline has recently increased capacity on the Auckland – Los Angeles route over the upcoming 2015 Northern Summer by 20 percent with three additional weekly services.

The airline also recently took delivery of two additional Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to operate its Auckland – San Francisco route and has embarked on a programme to refurbish its Boeing 777-200 fleet which operate services to Vancouver.

The airline’s first service to Tom Bradley International Terminal will be NZ6 which is expected to touch down in LA at 10.30am on Wednesday, 3 December 2014.