Air New Zealand - Airline Information
Air New Zealand, New Zealand's flag carrier, is based primarily in Auckland, New Zealand. It has been a member of the Star Alliance group of airlines since 1999. The airline has made internet sales its primary sales medium, abolished travel agents' commissions and added fees for agent, telephone and counter sales. Air New Zealand flies to 26 destinations in New Zealand, including Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown. Internationally, Air New Zealand flies to destinations within Europe, the Americas and Asia, including London, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Air New Zealand offers Tasman and Pacific Fares for travellers wishing to travel with the airline from Australia to New Zealand and Pacific Islands including the Cook Islands. These fares are sold as one way fares and there is a choice between flexible fares and cheaper Smartsaver fares, which have more travel restrictions on them. The fares are available for travellers from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Cairns and Brisbane.
Air New Zealand operates a number of aircraft including the Boeing 777-290, 747-400 and the 767-300 as well as the Airbus A320.
Why Fly On Air New Zealand
Known as TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) when they were founded in 1940, they became Air New Zealand in 1965 thanks to the New Zealand government buying out Australia’s 50% stake in the company. After the airline was privatized in 1989, once again Air New Zealand was re-nationalized under a New Zealand government holding 76.8 % stakes in the company. Later in 2010 an alliance was formed between Air New Zealand and Australian airline called Virgin Australia to allow for more flight expansion and connection and more codeshare agreements.
New Zealand Air joined the Star Alliance global network of airlines in 1999. Their main hub is at Auckland Airport. In 2010 and 2012, Air New Zealand was awarded Airline of the Year by the Air Transport World Global Airline Awards.
Air New Zealand’s fleet size includes 49 aircraft with 19 more on order. Their main fleet is the Boeing aircraft for longer flights and Airbus aircraft for shorter and domestic flights. If you include their subsidiaries, as of 2013, Air New Zealand operates a total of 105 aircraft.
Air New Zealand Flights
Air New Zealand flies to 27 domestic and 34 international destinations across 15 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania. Including their four wholly owned subsidiaries, they fly to over 60 destinations. In addition to their Star Alliance global network of airlines, Air New Zealand also had codeshare agreements with over 20 other airlines, opening up even more flight options and connections to its customers.
Air New Zealand Holidays
Air New Zealand dedicates a special section of their website for vacations. There are special all inclusive packages available to destinations such as Australia, London, Pacific Islands, and various destinations throughout New Zealand. They even have special seasonal flight offers.
On Board Air New Zealand
First class was removed in 2004 on their long haul international flights and replaced with an upgraded business class and a premium economy section.
There are a few options available on the Premium Economy depending on the aircraft you fly on and length of your flight.
The Premium Economy offered on the B777-300 aircraft offers more space and privacy on their state-of-the-art Spaceseat. The seats are great for passengers that are traveling in pairs or those traveling alone. The offer plenty of leg room and the seating is in a shell form offering more privacy. Fresh meals are served and snacks and beverages can be ordered from your 10.6 -inch LCD monitor.
The Premium Economy offered on the B777-200 and B747 has a seat pitch from 38 inches to 41 inches. These seats recline by 50% more that basic Economy and include a leg rest and foot rest.
International Economy Class seats are available on B777-300 and B777-200 and 747 and include either ergonomic seats or seats that have armrests that disappear on some flights.
The New Economy Skycouch is an upgraded class of seats offered on the B77-300 aircraft and mostly on flights between Auckland, Los Angeles and London. This upgrade is a fantastic option for those traveling with children and offers a three seat combination Economy configuration with disappearing armrests and includes fully flat leg rests when lifted for a true couch/sofa effect. The seats offer more space for kids to enjoy and in fact adults love them too. The total width of all three combined is 5’1” and a total depth of 29” when the leg rests is lifted.
Air New Zealand Business Class
There are two types of Business Premier Services and seating offered with slight variations depending upon the type of aircraft you fly on.
Business Class Premier on the B777-300 aircraft features luxurious leather seating that are 22-inches wide and convert into a long 6’6” long fully flat bed with extra cushion comfort. A full size pillow is provided along with a comfortable fluffy duvet. For your in-flight entertainment a 12-inch wide touch screen LCD monitor is included with access to on demand features such as movies, sports, news, games and music and include Active noise canceling headphones. In addition, there is a pc power source and USB and iPod connectors, all within easy reach at your seat. In-flight meals are carefully selected and prepared by the world renowned Kiwi chef and offering a wide selection of cuisines and wines. Additionally, snacks and drinks can be ordered from your touch monitor throughout your entire flight.
Business Class Premier on the B77-200 and B747 are laid out in a herringbone pattern to offer more privacy and yet still allows for easy access to the aisles. Features also include leather armchair seating that are 22-inches wide and also convert into a 6’6” long fully flat bed. Included is a separate ottoman footrest. A large duvet and pillow is also provided. In-flight entertainment includes your own personal 10.4-inch wide LCD monitor with the same on demand entertainment features. Active noise cancellation headphones are included. Multiple storage bins are at your seat, a large table tray, 3 reading lights and pc power access is included. Delicious meals, drinks and refreshments are offered and snacks and drinks throughout the flight at the self-serve refreshment area.
Business Class on the B767 is offered primarily on flights between Auckland and Osaka, Honolulu, Tahiti and Shanghai. Featured are leather armchair style seats with adjustable headrests, leg support and a 15” recline. New Zealand’s finest cuisines are offered along with snacks, and refreshments. The on demand entertainment features a 10.4” LCD monitor including all other entertainment options offered on all of Air New Zealand’s flights.
Pacific Premium Economy
Pacific Premium Economy is available on Air New Zealand’s 747 and 777 flights when travelling long haul. The seats recline 50% further than those in the Economy cabin and offer substantial legroom. Self service refreshment areas and cocktails supplement the meal service offered (available to long haul passengers only). A priority check in service is also available.
Pacific Premium Economy is also available on trans-tasman flights, providing a similar service to the long haul flights.
On long haul flights, meals and beverages are complimentary, including a glass of New Zealand wine with meals. Personal television screens are available at each seat for the entertainment of passengers. Kids packs are also available to entertain the younger travellers, with characters featured depicting native New Zealand animals.
On flights between Australia and New Zealand, a complimentary meal and beverage service is available, with entertainment provided via a main screen showing movies and sport, and an audio service offering a selection of channels.
For travellers flying domestically within New Zealand, snacks and beverages appropriate to the time of day will be provided.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints Frequent Flyer
Airpoints is the frequent flyer programme of Air New Zealand. There are three levels in the programme including Silver, Gold & Gold Elite. Each tier has various benefits such as priority checkin and seating and lounge access. Airpoints dollars are redeemable on any available seat on any Air New Zealand flight, giving them the flexibility of cash. Dollars can be earned through flights with Air New Zealand and with their travel and non-travel partners.
Air New Zealand also operates the Koru Club, with membership available for purchase. Benefits of membership including dedicated check in counters in Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch, and the use of business class check in at other airports when travelling with the airline. Additional benefits are access to airport lounges and complimentary membership of Airpoints.
Air New Zealand Lounges
Air New Zealand owns and operates 9 Lounges throughout New Zealand, including Los Angeles, Melbourne and Sydney. In addition, through the Star Alliance network, members also can access over 980 lounges around the world depending on their membership and frequent flyer status.
Booking your Flights with Air New Zealand
Book your flights online using Air New Zealand’s website www.airnewzealand.com or make it even easier by downloading their mobile app Air Nz on your smartphone where you’ll be able to search and book flights, check-in, be notified of any changes, check local weather and traffic conditions and much more.
Top destinations for this airline include Apia,
For more information go to http://www.airnz.com.au or contact them at; Suite 1819,
Australia Square Tower,
264 George Street,
SYDNEY NSW 2000
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