Business class - the high stakes relaunch for Air New Zealand. NZHerald travel writer Grant bradley delves into the background behind what is called the most valuable piece of real estate on a commercial liner.
Air New Zealand publically launches in-flight WiFi. Air New Zealand has in recent days quietly launched its in-flight WiFi service and opened it up to all passengers. The product has been in testing for selected customers since late 2017...
Qantas has applied to share codes with China Airlines on the New Zealand route. The International Air Services Commission (IASC) confirmed it had received an application from Qantas seeking to permit the utilisation of capacity for that purpose. In a letter to the IASC, Qantas asked that its application be considered against the reasonable capability criterion for assessing the benefit to the public in Paragraph 8 of the International Air Services Commission Policy Statement 2018. These state that the use of entitlements by an Australian carrier under a bilateral arrangement is of benefit to the public, provided that it is…
50% additional baggage allowance from Singapore Airlines who are providing customers travelling to any of the 11 destinations in India on the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network with the opportunity to increase their baggage allowance by more than 50 per cent.
Dubai, UAE, 3 May 2018 – Emirates Skywards has made it even easier to redeem reward flights and earn travel and lifestyle rewards by giving members more flexibility in managing their Skywards Miles. Members of Emirates’ award-winning loyalty programme can now buy, gift or transfer Miles to their loved ones at a more attractive rate.
Singapore Airlines New Zealand General Manager, Mr Simon Turcotte, said the airline has recorded double digit growth on the number of passengers travelling to Singapore from Wellington. There's also a change to the days of departure with a greater focus on weekends. The flights will now depart on …
The giant aircraft ushered in a new era of long-haul travel, flying further and faster than most of its predecessors. It also brought new levels of luxury to the sky, with premium passengers enjoying a bar and lounge on the upper deck with some carriers. Qantas is upping its order of Boeing 787-9 …
Dubai, UAE, 2 May 2018 – Emirates has launched the Emirates Vintage Collection – a selection of fine wines from its cellar in Burgundy which have been stored for up to 15 years. The four wines to be included this year are the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998. Due to limited availability, these exclusive wines will be served in First Class on select routes for a limited period.
In the two years since Emirates began 17-hour-plus flights between Dubai and Auckland, the envelope has regularly been stretched. With Singapore Airlines announcing 19-hour direct flights to New York, is anywhere out of bounds?
Emirates has introduced Home Check-in, a new service which allows customers to check in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai - including travellers from New Zealand who have been staying or stopping over.
JetBlue has a new way to woo customers that goes way beyond free SunChips and in-flight Bones marathons. The formerly budget airline is teaming up with JetSuiteX to offer customers seats on semi-private flights up and down the West Coast, according to CNBC.
Apr 23 - As Air New Zealand continues to respond to a global issue affecting some of the Rolls-Royce engines that power its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet it expects around 9,000 customers to be affected by re-timed international services this week.
Apr 22 - Portuguese charter operator Hi Fly is heading back to this country to help cover for Air New Zealand, which faces more disruption because of problems affecting Roll-Royce engines on some of its Dreamliners.
For the second consecutive year, proudly Kiwi airline Air New Zealand has been recognised as Australia’s most reputable company in the Reputation Institute’s annual Australia Corporate Reputation Index. In ranking first, Air New Zealand has trumped homegrown carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia which indexed third and fourth respectively, as well as other major corporates such as Toyota, Apple and Nestle. Air New Zealand General Manager Australia Kathryn Robertson says the Kiwi carrier is determined to be Australia’s airline of choice and this honour reflects the hard work of the 12,000 Air New Zealanders around the world dedicated to enhancing all…
Apr 09 - Air New Zealand has once again been recognised for its outstanding product and service in the second annual 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ Awards, with significant wins across multiple categories.
Boeing can be excused for breaking out the Champagne after beating Airbus to supply 47 new 787 Dreamliner aircraft to American Airlines, following a tight contest with European rival Airbus, which had been pushing its latest models. “This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo,” American Airlines president Robert Isom said in a statement. Isom thanked both manufacturers “for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American’s business”, explaining that “in the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a more compelling choice.” The decision comes as a double-blow to…
Tag flights — when an airline lands in one international city and then almost immediately takes off for another — are disappearing from aviation as more airlines launch ultra-long-haul nonstops that make the stop unnecessary. But Qantas will probably keep its Los Angeles-New York nonstop for awhile.
Lufthansa and SWISS will be the first partner airlines to participate in the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer Programme. With effect from 2 April 2018, businesses that are members of the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme in Singapore and Australia can earn HighFlyer points when flying on Lufthansa and SWISS operated flights ticketed by Singapore Airlines on eligible sectors.
The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has been delivered to Singapore Airlines. The latest and largest of the Dreamliner family was handed over to its new owner in a ceremony at Boeing's North Charleston, South Carolina assembly facility attended by 3,000 people and will enter scheduled service in May after flying selected routes to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training. It will then operate on routes between Singapore, Osaka, and Perth.
Air New Zealand is advocating for tighter regulation for the illegal operation of drones after a near miss with an international flight approaching Auckland Airport on Sunday afternoon which potentially put the safety of 278 customers and crew at risk.
Emirates has completed the application of the specially-designed ‘Year of Zayed’ livery on ten of its aircraft. This tribute to the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was first unveiled in November 2017 on the fuselage of Emirates’ 100th A380 aircraft, and commemorates the 100th year of HH Sheikh Zayed’s birth.
Feb 22, 2018 - Air New Zealand has today announced it will start operating non-stop flights between Auckland and Taipei from November 2018. The airline will fly up to five times a week between Auckland and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport from November, with NZ77 departing Auckland at 10:35am and arriving in Taipei at 4:50pm local time. NZ78 will depart Taipei at 6:30pm local time, arriving in Auckland at 10:20am+1.
Feb 22, 2018 - Air New Zealand today announced earnings before taxation for the first six months of the 2018 financial year of $323 million, compared to $349 million in the prior period. Net profit after taxation was $232 million.
Qatar Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A350-1000. The official handover ceremony took place on Tuesday (European time) at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, A7-ANA, is the first of 37 A350-1000s Qatar Airways has on order. It is powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
Feb 21, 2018 - For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 test service to Beirut on March 29. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service.
Feb 21, 2018 - Emirates will resume a second daily service between Dubai and Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from June 1, in the process providing direct connections with Emirates’ daily New Zealand services in both directions. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over the world. According to Turismo…
Jan 31, 2018 - Qantas has overhauled its Brisbane to Los Angeles, replacing the Boeing 747-400 currently operating this route with Dreamliners. The Dreamliner will then continue on as QF11/12, Qantas’ connecting service between Los Angeles and New York (JFK), carrying passengers connecting from Sydney and Melbourne services as well as from Brisbane.
It seems like a silly thing to say, but we really had no idea about the sheer amount of blood, sweat and tears that go into creating an Airbus. We get how big they are, but who would’ve thought they are made of 4 million separate pieces.
Jan 24, 2018 - Singapore Airlines has just announced a major change to its Wellington operations unveiling it will 'de-link' the service from Canberra and connect Wellington to the world via Melbourne.
Norwegian has set a new record time for the fastest ever transatlantic flight by a passenger aircraft this week using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.The Norwegian flight DY7014 from New York JFK to London Gatwick on Monday 15 January completed the full duration of the flight in 5 hours and 13 minutes. This is now the fastest transatlantic flight recorded on a subsonic commercial Norwegian sets new transatlantic recordaircraft, with the previous record being 5 hours and 16 minutes.The flight carried 284 passengers and left New York at 11:44am, arriving in London at 9:57pm – 53 minutes early. ‘The passengers and…
Jan 19, 2018 - Dubai, UAE – Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.
Jan 18, 2018 - Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group have launched a new interline partnership offering travellers from cities in New Zealand convenient flight connections to Hawai'i and the USA mainland.
Jan 16, 2018 - New Zealand travellers’ connections to Istanbul will improve from June 8 when Emirates resumes flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two airport options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.
Jan 12, 2018 - Panasonic Avionics Corporation has unveiled a major evolution of its satellite connectivity service with the launch of its third-generation communications network at CES 2018. Panasonic Avionics’ third-generation network is built to meet the growing connectivity demands of airlines and their passengers. Throughout the first quarter of 2018, aircraft from a number of airlines will be transitioned to Panasonic Avionics’ new network. In addition, Panasonic subsidiary, ITC Global, will leverage the new broadband network to deliver connectivity to its energy, maritime and enterprise customers.
Jan 10, 2018 - Emirates and flydubai will offer travellers even more connectivity and flight options in 2018, with new codeshare flights planned to Krakow in Poland from 8 April, and Catania in Italy from 13 June. Both Dubai-based airlines currently offer customers a breadth of travel options across their complementary networks, with codeshares to 81 destinations and more to follow. The partnership initially began with codeshare flights to 29 cities, and this has quickly expanded to meet demand as customers realise the benefits of increased flight frequencies, expanded access to global destinations on a single ticket, the convenience of…
Jan 9, 2018 - Supersonic passenger flight at reasonable cost has come a step closer with the news that Japan Airlines (JAL) has joined US aerospace developer Boom Supersonic to bring commercial supersonic travel to passengers at fares about the same as today’s business class tickets.
Jan 7, 2018 - Even as the European short-haul air market has consolidated and low-cost carriers have thrived, Germany’s domestic market has been dominated by two local airlines —Lufthansa, with hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, and the much smaller Air Berlin, with its bases in Berlin and Dusseldorf. But that’s beginning to change.