ANZ reports 4.2% surge in February traffic

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Air New Zealand (ANZ) has reported a 4.2% increase in its February traffic and has firmed up a maintenance agreement with Air Caledonie International (Aircalin).

The Star Alliance carrier says in a statement it flew 2 billion RPKs last month, a 4.2% increase compared with February 2004.

Capacity was up only 2.4% to 2.7 billion ASKs. As a result, ANZ’s load factor improved 1.3 percentage points from 74.7% to 76%.

ANZ reported increases in its load factor on routes to Asia, Europe, North America and domestically within New Zealand. But the load factor on flights to Australia and the South Pacific slipped from 68.5% to 65.3%

ANZ also has announced that its engineering services division has completed a contract with Aircalin to provide c-checks on Airbus A320 aircraft. The agreement also includes rotable component support and line maintenance services.

Aircalin placed on order with Airbus for a single A320 in 2003 and initially selected Air New Zealand Engineering and Services (ANZES) early last year to maintain the aircraft.