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Tag archives: Air New Zealand

How flying trans Tasman could be made faster, better, smarter

How flying trans Tasman could be made faster, better, smarter

Ben Sandilands September 29, 2017 2 Comments

There is an urgent need for a better airport experience for Australia-New Zealand flyers. Has the TTF nailed it?

Air NZ might preempt Qantas push for New York non-stops

Air NZ might preempt Qantas push for New York non-stops

Ben Sandilands August 25, 2017 8 Comments

Qantas is again throwing down the non-stop gauntlet to Airbus and Boeing, but there are 'catches'

Air NZ tries robotic check-ins at Sydney Airport this week

Air NZ tries robotic check-ins at Sydney Airport this week

Ben Sandilands August 23, 2017 5 Comments

The Kiwis may be about to prove that they are much nicer to deal with than robotic automatons at airports

Air NZ defies trend, gives passengers wider seats

Air NZ defies trend, gives passengers wider seats

Ben Sandilands April 7, 2017 3 Comments

If you've ever been sandwiched between NZ sports stars crossing the Tasman, there is hope the crush will soon be over

Jennifer Aniston (Emirates) meets Dave the duck (Air NZ) in memorable day in airline marketing

Jennifer Aniston (Emirates) meets Dave the duck (Air NZ) in memorable day in airline marketing

Ben Sandilands October 6, 2016 4 Comments

Two airline campaigns featuring a Hollywood celebrity, and a duck, somehow managed to launch on the same day in Sydney ...

Etihad claims top equity stake in Virgin Australia

Etihad claims top equity stake in Virgin Australia

Ben Sandilands July 27, 2016

Etihad is staying the course at Virgin Australia as speculation continues about a future contest for control of Australia's second largest airline

Virgin Australia gives some pointers to its future

Ben Sandilands June 15, 2016 8 Comments

ME giant Etihad appears to be a happy prisoner of the Virgin Australia restructuring deal and it's likely Tigerair will boost VA's international expansion in competition with Jetstar

Virgin Australia restructures with $1 billion in new funds

Ben Sandilands June 15, 2016

With a pile of new money and fleet cutbacks, and two new China stakeholders, Virgin Australia is about to become something different to what it is now

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Ben Sandilands January 28, 2016 11 Comments

The failed state of Vanuatu’s shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New Zealand, is now taking its jets home until things get fixed.

Air New Zealand will track your unaccompanied kids, for money!

Air New Zealand will track your unaccompanied kids, for money!

Ben Sandilands November 26, 2015 5 Comments

Air travellers are getting used to ancillary charges, especially those who fly ‘full service’ in America, or ‘low cost’ in Australia and much of Asia.

Another spoke, to Vietnam, for Air NZ’s Pacific wheel

Another spoke, to Vietnam, for Air NZ’s Pacific wheel

Ben Sandilands November 13, 2015 1 Comment

Not just new non-stop flights to Houston and Buenos Aires (both by year’s end) but to Ho Chi Minh City from next June. Air New Zealand continues to build more spokes for its Pacific wheel and Auckland hub.

Serious paint now at risk in Wallabies v All Blacks final

Serious paint now at risk in Wallabies v All Blacks final

Ben Sandilands October 30, 2015 3 Comments

There is suddenly more at stake here than the supremacy of Australia’s Wallabies over the New Zealand All Blacks in Sunday morning’s Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.

Air NZ makes point about ski holidays with giant snowball fight

Air NZ makes point about ski holidays with giant snowball fight

Ben Sandilands July 2, 2015 2 Comments

Air NZ has revived the roman catapult or trebuchet in its opening shot in the trans Tasman ski holiday contest that always breaks out at this time of year.

New NZ flag design winner! Would it end Air NZ’s vegetarian pirate livery?

New NZ flag design winner! Would it end Air NZ’s vegetarian pirate livery?

Ben Sandilands June 26, 2015 6 Comments

The impressive winning  entry in a private competition to redesign New Zealand’s flag could inspire a radical, and perhaps much needed, change in Air New Zealand’s livery.

Houston … Qantas might not have a problem!

Houston … Qantas might not have a problem!

Ben Sandilands April 16, 2015 7 Comments

Air New Zealand’s new service between Auckland and Houston from December might not be quite the challenge to the Qantas service between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth that is being suggested elsewhere.

NZ-US market challenges by AA, UA tread a fine line

NZ-US market challenges by AA, UA tread a fine line

Ben Sandilands March 3, 2015

Some years ago on a family visit by a US relative to Auckland, we treated our guest to an All Blacks game at Eden Park, complete with a full haka (there being no half measures when the action involves the Wallabies). She couldn’t quite get that the ceremony was all bluff, but alas, as usual, […]

Air NZ’s newest Pacific Rim destination is Buenos Aires

Air NZ’s newest Pacific Rim destination is Buenos Aires

Ben Sandilands December 12, 2014 2 Comments

It didn’t take long for Air New Zealand to name its next route after its CEO Christopher Luxon said, inter alia, who cares about end of the line when we are at a focal point for the Pacific Rim.

Air NZ CEO Luxon pits Middle Earth against Middle East with Pacific Rim focus

Air NZ CEO Luxon pits Middle Earth against Middle East with Pacific Rim focus

Ben Sandilands December 8, 2014 9 Comments

Air New Zealand is making money taking on the Middle East with Middle Earth. And its CEO Christopher Luxon has no time for the 'distractions' of supplementary low cost brands, like Jetstar or Tigerair.