From January to May 2008, according to recently released documents, four Air NZ employees were arrested for drink-driving. Fairfax New Zealand reports:
Air NZ's response?
One was a pilot [not on his way to work], who had been charged with excess breath alcohol on three previous occasions. A mechanic on his way to work was 2-1/2 half times the legal limit.
A flight attendant, on the way to work, and dressed in full Air NZ uniform, was also over the limit and was later fired
TV3 said the OIA documents showed others had been caught, but Air NZ bosses did not know who they were, because they weren't caught on the way to work or in uniform and identifiable.
They are a mechanic with three breath alcohol convictions in four years, another pilot and an aircraft engineer.
Mr Fyfe said the four cases mentioned in the year to May 2008 indicated an incident rate of 0.03 percent over the airline's 12,000 employees compared with a rate of 1 percent over the New Zealand population at large.
"This suggests to me that, rather than a drink-drive problem at Air NZ, the available facts suggest that the application of the drug and alcohol policies that are in force...have led to an improvement in the drink drive culture as compared to that which is evident across the New Zealand population at large."
Summary: enjoy your trip on Air NZ's new seats, but perhaps it's best you never the airport.