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Now Air New Zealand magically agrees with Boeing about 787-9 delivery date

Air New Zealand is now toeing Boeing’s line about the 787-9 delivery schedule after being put in the docket by the airframer for issuing harsh words about the embattled aircraft programme.To recap, last week in Sydney Air NZ chief financial officer Rob McDonald said his carrier expected to deploy the 787-9, for which it is […]

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Reprise for Air New Zealand’s 747s as retirement postponed until 2014

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 747-400 fleet is getting a stay of execution thanks to a fresh delay to the 787-9.The 747 fleet was due to be retired by the end of next year but will now remain in service until the carrier’s first 787-9 is delivered sometime in 2014, chief financial officer Rob McDonald said.Air […]

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Air New Zealand’s sharp words for Boeing over new 787-9 delay

Add Air New Zealand to the list of customers not mincing words with Boeing over delays to its 787 Dreamliner. Chief financial officer Rob McDonald in Sydney yesterday had a concise message over news the carrier’s first 787-9, for which it is the launch customer with an order for eight, has been delayed from late […]

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Air New Zealand and Qantas take top honours at strategy awards

On Sunday evening in London Air New Zealand and Qantas took top honours at the 10th annual Airline Strategy Awards, hosted by Flightglobal publication Airline Business. UK representatives of the carriers accepted the awards at Lincoln’s Inn.Air New Zealand won for marketing, with our judges–who include Ray Webster, Joe Leonard, and Geoff Dixon–saying Air NZ […]

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Auckland moves forward as Asia-South America hub, with potential unknown

A Dubai of the southern hemisphere? Auckland is moving forward with a goal to become a network hub for flights between Asia and South America.The New Zealand government has given its officials a mandate to negotiate new and more liberalised air service agreements with China and Brazil, as well as up to eight other countries, […]

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Government v. airlines as the next step for biofuels

One possible bio-derived jet fuel option: juncea. The series of bio-derived jet fuel demonstration flights that commenced in 2008 with Virgin Atlantic and later Air New Zealand left no doubt biofuels could be a reality in aviation, and the flights helped start the biofuel certification processes.As certification is now expected imminently, there is a debate […]

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Video: Qantas explains why it didn’t fly during the ash cloud

This week Qantas has seemed helpless responding to Air New Zealand’s assertion that the Australian carrier, unlike Air NZ, opted not to spend extra money on fuel to fly around or below the ash cloud, sometimes increasing the flight route’s distance by 10%. Qantas was adamant with its short “safety over schedule” maxim while Air […]

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War of words over ash continues

The war of words continues between Qantas and Air New Zealand about who is and is not right to fly even once CASA clears airlines to fly but leaves decisions with individual airlines. These arguments are all PR control and still do not definitively answer why Qantas is not flying routes other airlines are, but […]

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From combating ash to PR warfare over when it is safe to fly

The ash from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain volcano, in Trelew, Argentina. The fear of accumulating such material in jet engines is causing a divide amongst airlines when it is safe to resume operations. Photo: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features It is day four of the ash cloud disrupting flights to, from, and between Australia and New Zealand and […]

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Chart: how much it costs to check a bag on an Australian flight

With Jetstar’s revamping of its fare structure, including new checked luggage prices, I thought it would be worthwhile to compare the new checked bag fees.If you’re flying on the upper half of the Australian airline spectrum in a basic economy fare, Qantas includes checked luggage (23kg) while Virgin Australia will sell you the same weight […]

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