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Old August 3rd, 2007, 12:04 PM   #121
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Air NZ to buy four long-haul aircraft

NZPA | Friday, 3 August 2007

Air New Zealand said today it is purchasing four Boeing 777-300 long-haul aircraft, and has options on a further three.

The four aircraft, due for delivery by 2011, have a list price of $1.1 billion, but were purchased at a discount, Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe said.

The purchases, in addition to the eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order, would extend the range, capacity and fuel efficiency of the Air NZ fleet, Mr Fyfe said.

"The purchase rights for the 777-300ERs were obtained from Boeing in 2004, and the confidence we showed in the future of Air New Zealand when the aircraft purchasing market was at the bottom of the cycle three years ago has really paid off," Mr Fyfe said.

Air NZ has now committed more than $2.6 billion to long haul fleet investment.

The airline will move to a full 777 and 787 twin engine fleet for long haul flights around 2012, phasing out the Boeing 747 and 767s as the new aircraft are introduced.

The Boeing 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than other long-haul aircraft, while the 777s are 16 percent more efficient than the 747s.

The 777-300ER can seat around 50 more passengers than the 313-seat 777-200ERs in its fleet.

Air NZ said it planned to fund the purchase through a mixture of cash and debt.

At its interim result in February, the airline said it had completed the first stage of a three-year, $2.6 billion capital investment programme with over $1 billion still in the bank and a debt ratio of just 46.7 per cent.

While the aircraft were cheaper to run and maintain, the purchases did not herald a fall in ticket prices, Mr Fyfe said.

The airline also did not expect to drop its fuel surcharge for passengers.

"A number of airlines are in the process of introducing additional fuel surcharges. We've got jet fuel price today back up at record levels.

"Hopefully these sorts of decisions may preclude us having to introduce further surcharges, but we're talking today about aircraft that are going to be introduced in three years' time, so I struggle to be honest to figure out what the fuel price is going to do in three months' time," Mr Fyfe said.

Jet fuel remains the airline's most significant cost.

Shares in majority government-owned Air NZ were down 2.3 per cent at $2.60 today, having traded between $1.08 and $3.13 in the last 12 months
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They are beautiful crafts --- imagine a dreamliner glamourised in teal ... mmmmm
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They are beautiful crafts --- imagine a dreamliner glamourised in teal ... mmmmm
The Dreamliners do look FANNYTASTIC - can't wait to fly on one. Both Rob and I love the 777's, the smaller bigger planes are the BEES KNEES.
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Oh, I forgot to put that I hope Christchurch sees a bit more international flight action from Air New Zealand with these fab aircraft.

CHC - LAX - CHC on a 787, I think that would suit a LOT of people.
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I think that it is great news that Air NZ is getting 3 777-300er and having one of the most environmentally freindly fleets in the world.

The 787 is beautiful!!!



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Thats good news for out national airline, go Air NZ!
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Old August 6th, 2007, 06:19 AM   #127
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Air New Zealand To Add Boeing 777-300ERs To Long-Range Fleet
August 06, 2007 11:18 AM


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- The Boeing Company and Air New Zealand last Friday signed a definitive agreement for the purchase of four Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners and options for three additional 777-300ERs, as the carrier continues its push toward operating the most fuel-efficient fleet of airliners.

The signing and announcement event was attended by Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President - Asia Pacific Sales Stan Deal.

The ceremony took place at Air New Zealand's Auckland headquarters, said Boeing in a statement released here today.

The four new airplanes have an estimated value of US$1.1 billion at Boeing list prices and are powered by General Electric GE90-115BL engines, the world's largest and most powerful commercial jet engine.

"These new -300ERs will help us build on the success we've had with our existing 777s," said Fyfe.

"There's no doubting the 777's passenger appeal, and its fuel efficiency is a very good fit with our very strong commitment to the environment.

"Tourists come to New Zealand to enjoy our unspoiled environment, so it's critically important that we bring them here in the most fuel efficient aircraft," he said.

With its twin-engine efficiency, the 777-300ER reduces fuel consumption by more than 20 percent per seat compared to its closest competitor, therefore reducing CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent.

Since entering into service in 2004, the overall fuel efficiency of the 777-300ER has been improved by 3.6 percent through a combination of improved fuel burn in service and enhancements to the airplane.

In addition, the range of the 777-300ER has increased by 630 nautical miles (1200 km) since entry into service.

"Air New Zealand is known for its customer focus and provides an outstanding passenger experience, particularly with its 777-200ER fleet," said Deal.

"Air New Zealand was one of the first to recognize the economic benefits of 777/787 mixed-fleet operations and we believe that by giving passengers what they want nonstop flights in modern planes Air New Zealand is well positioned for continued success."

Air New Zealand will use the new 777s to replace its 747-400s.

Air New Zealand was the first airline in the South Pacific region to become a 777 customer, with a 777-200ER delivery in December 2005.

Air New Zealand currently operates an all-Boeing twin-aisle fleet of eight 777-200ERs, eight 747-400s and five 767-300ERs.

Air New Zealand has also ordered eight 787-9 Dreamliners with options for a further eight.

The 777 family of airplanes is popular with passengers and airlines alike due to its fuel-efficient twin-engine design, high reliability, low operating costs, and comfortable and spacious interior.

The 777-300ER carries up to 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).

The 777 is the clear leader in the 300- to 400-seat segment with 65 percent of the market, and unfilled orders in excess of 340 airplanes valued at approximately US$87 billion at current list prices.

Airlines worldwide have ordered more than 990 777s.

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Old August 12th, 2007, 11:27 PM   #128
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Air NZ may suffer as more shun Heathrow
By ROELAND van den BERGH - The Dominion Post | Monday, 13 August 2007

Air New Zealand services to London Heathrow could come under pressure as passengers shun the increasingly chaotic airport.

The International Air Transport Association has said Heathrow traffic is down 1.7 per cent at a time when the global aviation market is growing at 6.3 per cent a year.

"The unfortunate reality is that passengers are avoiding the mess at Heathrow," IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani said.

A lack of investment by BAA, the British airports authority, had resulted in "embarrassingly low service levels on everything from security wait times to baggage delivery and almost everything in between", Mr Bisignani said.

Bags can take an hour to arrive on pickup carousels because of equipment shortages, and Britain's unique security checks cause long queues and delays.

Heathrow is the only European gateway for Air New Zealand, which flies there twice daily via Hong Kong or Los Angeles.

House of Travel retail director Brent Thomas said travellers who had a continental European leg to their holiday were increasingly opting to fly direct to cities such as Rome or Paris on rival airlines, then take a train to Britain, rather than incurring the higher cost and inconvenience of Heathrow.

Air New Zealand was also likely to miss out on picking up those passengers for their journey home from London because return fares were typically booked on one airline.

Mr Thomas said the main reason people shunned Heathrow was to avoid paying higher taxes, which, at $146 on a return ticket, were about three times higher than at Frankfurt, or six times more than at Rome.

IATA has accused Heathrow of "pocketing a 42 per cent margin at the expense of the 68 million beleaguered passengers using its poor facilities each year".

But Air New Zealand said it was not experiencing "a significant shift in passenger behaviour" to avoid Heathrow.

"Heathrow is the destination for most of our passengers and the UK market is four times larger than any other European market," spokeswoman Tracey Palmer said.

Air New Zealand's United States and London flights were 84.4 per cent full in June, up 8.4 per cent on a year earlier.

But Air New Zealand faces stiff competition from some of the world's biggest airlines that fly from Auckland and Christchurch to almost anywhere in Europe.

Singapore Airlines flies one-stop to 10 points in continental Europe and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific to three points, both in addition to British services.

Dubai airline Emirates has said Newcastle would become its sixth British gateway next month, adding to 16 destinations in continental Europe via Australia and Dubai.

Early bookings from Newcastle showed New Zealand was the seventh most popular end destination for those passengers. Mr Thomas said Emirates was not having a big impact on Air New Zealand's British market, but was opening other British and European arrival options.

Air New Zealand does have codeshare agreements with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa on direct services to Frankfurt and Munich from Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Shanghai. But with its long-haul fleet fully utilised when the new service to Vancouver starts in November, it has little scope to add to its own British or European network till new Boeings begin arriving from 2010.
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At the end of the day despite the mess and the absolute sh1thole of an airport it is, LHR is still one of the most lucrative destinations in Europe with a large and relatively affluent catchment area in the southern part of England in addition to the huge amount of business travel into and out of London, which after all is a major world business centre. Those avoiding LHR for other secondary airports are more often leisure passengers (holiday makers, students, those visiting friends/relatives etc), a group whom airlines typically classify as 'lower-yielding'. Why? Because leisure passengers typically pay less for their tickets as they are more price-sensitive, they have more flexibile schedules, and book their tickets well in advance unlike those business travellers who often need to fly out on short notice, with have very inflexible schedules, and are willing to pay a premium to get on the flight they need. Hence why getting the business travellers are so important to the 'bottom line' of many airlines and hence why they work hard to attract these 'higher-yielding' types.

In addition, NZ-UK travel market is larger than the NZ-Continental Europe by a long way.

NZ's LHR flights are fine, best not to get carried away and make mountains out of molehills.

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Poor fact-checking, Cathay flies to Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, and Rome in continental Europe. I'm also struggling to find Singapore's 10th continental European destination too. So far I've got Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. BA only flies to Asia from LHR, nowhere else from the UK or continental Europe for that matter.
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NZ newspapers are rubbish, their factchecking and investigation work is absolute bullshit.

When the NZ herald did their article on internet speeds thru all the broadband compaines they asked 5 people for each company all at the same time what speed they were getting. RUBBISH REPORTING.
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Auckland Airport seeks expressions of interest
SCOOP - Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 2:35 pm

Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL), as part of the ongoing implementation of its Masterplan: 2025 and Beyond (Masterplan), is seeking Expressions of Interest from developers, investors and operators for a proposed 4-5 star 250 room terminal hotel to be developed adjacent to, and integrated with, the international terminal at Auckland Airport. AIAL's current intention is for the hotel to be open and fully operational before the Rugby World Cup 2011 to be held in New Zealand in September/October 2011 and expectations are that such a facility would be welcomed by both domestic and international travellers.

The proposed hotel will also be ideally positioned in relation to a new domestic terminal building, as described in the Masterplan, if it co-locates as envisaged with the international terminal. The hotel's unique architecture and interior design is expected to showcase the rich landscape and multi-cultural nature of New Zealand, Auckland and Manukau City. It will provide a personalised welcome and departure point for hotel guests, which could include holiday and business travellers, meeting attendees, aircrew and disrupted airline passengers. The proposed hotel concept comprises spacious 32m2 rooms of 4-5 star international standard and guest facilities, including meeting rooms, restaurants, bar, retail, travel desk, gymnasium, swimming pool, spa, business centre, library, movie theatre and carpark facilities, subject to the specific requirements of the selected hotel investor and operator.

The location of the hotel in the international terminal follows an increasing trend of international airports around the world providing an on-terminal hotel for the convenience of their travellers. A recent new example is the proposed Crowne Plaza hotel at the upcoming Terminal 3 of Singapore Changi Airport. AIAL is being assisted by Horwath HTL Ltd (Auckland), which is facilitating the process to select a suitable investor and operator for the 4 - 5 star hotel. Details of the hotel development, investment and management opportunity, the process which AIAL is undertaking to realise this opportunity and the Request for Expression of Interest ("REI") document is available to select prospective developers, investors and operators and can be requested by emailing Horwath HTL Ltd (Auckland) at AucklandAirportHotel@horwath.co.nz.
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From the DomPost...

NZ super stakes Auckland Airport claim
By DAVID HARGREAVES - Fairfax Media | Thursday, 16 August 2007

The New Zealand Super Fund has stepped into the takeover battle for Auckland International Airport - taking a 6 per cent shareholding in the company in conjunction with infrastructure investor Infratil.

Wellington-based Infratil disclosed the stake this morning in an announcement to NZX.

The Super Fund, often known as the Cullen Fund, was established by the Government to assist with New Zealand's future pension needs. The Government makes regular contributions to the fund from taxpayers' money, but has no control over the operations of the fund itself.

The fund's involvement, along with Infratil, which owns Wellington Airport, casts great doubt on whether a takeover offer from Dubai Aerospace for Auckland Airport can succeed.

Infratil chief executive Lloyd Morrison said this morning that his company had an "open mind" on the Dubai proposal. But he went on to say: "We expect to be involved in considerably more discussion over what the optimal ownership, control and capital structure of Auckland Airport should be and believe there is a strong business case for New Zealand investment."

The Dubai takeover proposal is set to be voted on by Auckland Airport shareholders in November. It requires 75 per cent support.

The Auckland City and Manukau City Councils collectively control about 23 per cent of the Auckland Airport shares. If the two councils and the Cullen Fund and Infratil each vote against the proposal it will fail.

Mr Morrison said Auckland Airport was "one of New Zealand's leading infrastructure assets with great long term growth potential".

Today's move is likely to please the Government, which has indicated a preference for keeping the airport in New Zealand hands.
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NZ to get new domestic airline

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Virgin Blue subsidiary Pacific Blue plans to announce details later this week of its entry into New Zealand's domestic airline market.

On Thursday the company, which flies international routes to and from New Zealand, will unveil launch routes, fares and long term strategy for the new low-cost domestic airline.

A company press release said the new airline would bring 'affordable fares and competition to New Zealand'.

New Zealand's domestic air routes are dominated by Air New Zealand with Qantas flying a smaller number of flights.

Travel agents have welcomed the surprise announcement that low cost carrier Virgin will become a player in the domestic market.

Flight Centre general manager Rick Hamilton said the introduction of the airline to domestic routes would be a terrific boost for New Zealand consumers and to tourism in this country.

"Increased competition can only be a good thing for New Zealand travellers, who have been demanding more flight availability," said Mr Hamilton.

Mr Hamilton says the arrival of Virgin will also make Virgin's Australian and Pacific Island routes more accessible to New Zealanders.

Virgin Airlines is a low cost carrier that has revolutionised Australia's domestic and international air transport networks with a highly competitive, 'no-frills', but fun service.

Mr Hamilton says business travellers will also benefit greatly from Virgin's flights.

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At the end of the day despite the mess and the absolute sh1thole of an airport it is, LHR is still one of the most lucrative destinations in Europe with a large and relatively affluent catchment area in the southern part of England in addition to the huge amount of business travel into and out of London, which after all is a major world business centre. Those avoiding LHR for other secondary airports are more often leisure passengers (holiday makers, students, those visiting friends/relatives etc), a group whom airlines typically classify as 'lower-yielding'. Why? Because leisure passengers typically pay less for their tickets as they are more price-sensitive, they have more flexibile schedules, and book their tickets well in advance unlike those business travellers who often need to fly out on short notice, with have very inflexible schedules, and are willing to pay a premium to get on the flight they need. Hence why getting the business travellers are so important to the 'bottom line' of many airlines and hence why they work hard to attract these 'higher-yielding' types.

In addition, NZ-UK travel market is larger than the NZ-Continental Europe by a long way.

NZ's LHR flights are fine, best not to get carried away and make mountains out of molehills.



Poor fact-checking, Cathay flies to Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, and Rome in continental Europe. I'm also struggling to find Singapore's 10th continental European destination too. So far I've got Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. BA only flies to Asia from LHR, nowhere else from the UK or continental Europe for that matter.
Singapore also fly from Manchester - that might be it?
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Heres all the details, hype etc from the press release. Looks good for NZ - some real competition at last. Cheap airfares!

Virgin, Pacific Blue Announce New Domestic Airline
Thursday, 23 August 2007, 10:41 am
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Virgin Blue and Pacific Blue Announce New NZ Domestic Airline With “Pay a Visit Not a Fortune” $39* Fares


Thursday 23 August 2007: Virgin Blue Airlines and its three year old New Zealand subsidiary Pacific Blue today announced major plans for a new domestic airline for New Zealand with NZD$39* fares on sale from today for flights commencing in November 2007. Initially the carrier will fly on New Zealand’s key trunk routes Auckland-Wellington, Auckland-Christchurch and Wellington-Christchurch from 15 November 2007^.

The decision to enter the New Zealand domestic market comes in the wake of strong support and lobbying from the New Zealand community for Pacific Blue to bring its service style and competitive fares to internal New Zealand flights in the same way it has done on the trans-Tasman and South Pacific routes.

Virgin Blue Group of Airlines Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “The decision was not taken lightly as it is a major investment and a long term commitment to keeping the “air fair” in New Zealand. The time is right to bring some much needed competition to the existing duopolistic market and we are excited to be opening up new travel opportunities for both the people of New Zealand as well as inbound tourists.”

Brett Godfrey continued, “When Richard Branson visited New Zealand in January this year to celebrate Pacific Blue’s third birthday, he promised that domestic services were something of interest to us under the right circumstances and at the right time. We are confident the circumstances are now right and there is room for competition and an obvious need for market stimulation. Pacific Blue is well positioned to give the existing players a good run for their money, particularly on the monopolistic Wellington-Christchurch route.”

Virgin Group Chairman, Sir Richard Branson said, "I am absolutely delighted to announce that Pacific Blue will soon be shaking up the New Zealand domestic market and bringing its unmistakable fun, flair and affordability to travel within New Zealand. I enjoyed a wonderful trip to New Zealand earlier this year, where I saw first hand the great enthusiasm and support for Pacific Blue. I am thrilled that we can further enhance our commitment to the local market with the launch of our domestic operations. We look forward to Pacific Blue spreading its wings and bringing long term domestic bliss, perhaps not for the competition, but certainly for locals and visitors travelling within New Zealand."

The airline will take delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to join the Pacific Blue fleet and operate both international and domestic New Zealand routes. The routes are tailored to suit the needs of the market in terms of frequency and schedule:

Auckland–Wellington

Five direct daily return flights from 15 November. A special sale fare has been launched of $39* one way on the Internet. The sale fare is available now until 16 September 2007 or until sold out and is for travel from 15 November 2007 through 29 February 2008. Fair fares will start from $69 one way on the net, 22% lower than the existing fares available on the same route.

Auckland–Christchurch

Two direct daily return flights from 15 November. A special sale fare has been launched of $39* one way on the Internet. The sale fare is available now until 16 September 2007 or until sold out and is for travel from 15 November 2007 through 29 February 2008. Fair fares will start from $79 one way on the net, 30% lower than the existing fares available on the same route.

Wellington–Christchurch

Three direct daily return flights from 15 November. A special sale fare has been launched of $39* one way on the Internet. The sale fare is available now until 16 September 2007 or until sold out and is for travel from 15 November 2007 through 29 February 2008. Fair fares will start from $69 one way on the net, 12% lower than the existing fares available on the same route.

To ensure maximum benefit for Guests travelling for pleasure as well as business, the internal flights will complement Pacific Blue’s existing international services, providing convenient connections from within New Zealand to Australia, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

Adrian Hamilton-Manns, General Manager Commercial, said, “The people of New Zealand have supported Pacific Blue in its quest to bring true low fares, genuine competition and fun and flair to trans-Tasman travel and that very support has given us the motivation to bring the same product and affordability to the domestic market where it is much needed.

“It is no secret that the existing domestic duopoly results in higher fares and half-hearted competition and we very much look forward to challenging that and championing affordability for local travel.”

Domestic flights are now on sale and can be booked via the website (www.flypacificblue.com), by calling 0800 670 000, or by contacting a travel agent. Members of the Velocity Loyalty program will also be able to earn and redeem points when they fly domestically in New Zealand.

Pacific Blue plans to double its staff numbers over the next three years as it ramps up domestic operations. New Zealanders interested in joining the dynamic Pacific Blue team in a range of roles can email pacificblue.jobs@flypacificblue.com.


About Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue, and Virgin Blue Airlines

International airlines Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue, along with Australian domestic airline Virgin Blue, operate a fleet of 53 modern Boeing 737 aircraft flying to eight international and 22 Australian destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.


^ subject to regulatory approval

* All fares are one-way for flights booked on the internet, $15 more by phone. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or during peak periods. On sale until 16 September 2007 or until sold out for travel from 15 November 2007 through 29 February 2008.
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I'm also struggling to find Singapore's 10th continental European destination too. So far I've got Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen.
Istanbul and Moscow which actually makes 11.
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No more Freedom Air from March 2008
6 September 2007
Air New Zealand has advised that the Freedom Air brand will be withdrawn from 30 March 2008.
Stephen Jones, Air New Zealand's general manager Tasman and Pacific airline dropped in on Palmerston North International Airport yesterday afternoon to advise that from 30 March 2008 the Freedom Air services will not be replaced with Air New Zealand services.

Mr Jones said it will be business as usual up to 30 March and that they would be doing a number of things to attract passenger support during that period.

Airport CEO Garry Goodman has described Air New Zealand's decision as extremely disappointing and said every effort will be made over the next six months to encourage other airlines to pick up that gap in the market.

Mr Goodman said the underlying passenger demand is still there and its simply a matter of an airline tapping into that opportunity.

The number of people traveling to Australia out of the airport's potential catchment (irrespective of which NZ airport they flew from) have continued to increase. In the 12 months to 30 June 2007 increases were 4.3% for Brisbane, 1.9% for Melbourne, 7.6% for the Gold Coast, and a drop of 2.7% for Sydney.

The number of outbound NZ residents actually travelling to Brisbane and Melbourne via Palmerston North airport during this period exceeded the numbers travelling through each of Hamilton and Dunedin. The number through Palmerston North to Sydney were only marginally less than those of Hamilton and Dunedin.

And inbound overseas visitor numbers using Palmerston North airport have also been increasing - up 10.9% in the six months to 30 June 2007 despite significantly reduced services by comparison with the previous year. (The national average increase in inbound overseas visitors was up 5.6%). International visitor numbers through the airport have traditionally been lower for Palmerston North (7,648 for the six months to June 2007) by comparison with Hamilton (10,375) and Dunedin (8,682) - but not significantly so, and the current marketing work being undertaken by the region will bring those numbers up.

Air New Zealand's decision does not change the airport's development plans. "It is now all the more urgent that the runway safety areas and extension are completed to give prospective airlines long-term certainty for international services, and a capacity that will offer them competitive efficiency advantages" said Mr Goodman.

In the twelve months to 30 June 2007 some 81,034 passengers used Palmerston North International Airport on international sectors.

731,077 passengers have used the international services since they started in April 1996 - just over 11 years ago.
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That's really bad news for Palmerston North. I wonder if it will affect the number of people travelling to Australia from that area as now it requires a longer journey to Wellington to fly?
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Old September 16th, 2007, 01:33 PM   #139
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New to this sight. Sad news about Freedom. They should take note of how much profit QANTAS are making out of Jetstar. New Zealand's domestic airline scene sounds like it is really ready for a huge shake up. Virgin starting on the 15th November, Tiger Airways looking very much like they will start up domestic operations mid 2008, Jetstar also expressing a strong likelyhood of setting up a dometic operation in New Zealand possibly to replace Qantas and the Kiwijet which should start up sometime late next year. To make things even more interesting Air New Zealand are looking at Whenuapai and Paraparamu. If Air New Zealand give support to the developers who were knocked back by Kapiti council in February, who wanted to spend $750 million on redeveloping the airport , maybe it could be a possibility.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 02:15 AM   #140
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Air New Zealand Paints The Sky Pink
SCOOP - Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 11:42 am

Attention passengers, Air New Zealand is now boarding rows one through FABULOUS. Today, the airline announced its first North American "Pink Flight," in celebration of the 2008 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Departing on a Boeing 777 from San Francisco International Airport on February 26, 2008, the Pink Flight will sweep its passengers away in style from one side of the Pacific to the other, lavishing upon them everything from pink drinks to drag queens. For more than 300 glamorous gays (and any other fun-loving friends) who buy tickets, the party will start far before the final boarding call. Pink Flight passengers are encouraged to show up at the airport in their most extravagant Mardi Gras costumes, and Air New Zealand will throw a "Get-Onboard-Girlfriend!" going away bash at the departure gate. Once onboard, the Pink Flight will boast a full program of entertainment - such as live performances, on-board music, contests and screenings of classic gay-themed films on Air New Zealand's digital in-flight entertainment system (IFE). Because it is an overnight flight, there will also be a period of scheduled "Beauty Sleep." Additionally, passengers will enjoy pink-themed food, cocktails, goodie bags and a "Party Party Wake-Up" before landing.

"Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most spectacular costume events in the world, so we feel it's only fitting to offer a flight that truly embodies the spirit of the celebration in an unforgettable way," said Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand's vice president - the Americas. "Air New Zealand takes pride in our gay-friendliness and sense of fun, so this Pink Flight will be a blast for everyone involved!" Along with the announcement of the flight, Air New Zealand is also launching today a special micro site for the Pink Flight, www.airnewzealand.com/pinkflight, where visitors can book their spot. Earlier this year, Air New Zealand operated its first-ever Pink Flight, which flew from Auckland to Sydney for the 2007 Mardi Gras. The flight, which featured similar themed activities, was a resounding success and scored international media attention. As the national airline of New Zealand, Air New Zealand reflects the country's diversity-embracing nature. New Zealand has a long history of liberal social reform and is also widely recognized as a friendly vacation destination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. New Zealand voted the world's first transgender person into a national office when Georgina Beyer was elected to Parliament in 1999, and same-sex civil unions were recognized as an institution in New Zealand in 2004. For more information about Air New Zealand's Pink Flight, or to purchase a ticket, visit www.airnewzealand.com/pinkflight.
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