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Old July 19th, 2005, 02:07 PM   #1
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Air NZ Reveals New Look Boeing 747


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Air New Zealand has revealed its first refitted Boeing 747-400 featuring lie-flat beds, digital in-flight entertainment at every seat and a new class of travel for the New Zealand market called Pacific Premium Economy.

The new long-haul fleet design and physical refit of the first aircraft has taken more than 60,000 hours of work, with the airline's fleet of eight 747s expected to take until mid-next year to complete, at a cost of approximately NZ$160 million.

"This is an exciting new era of travel being introduced from Air New Zealand. Inside this first aircraft is a range of products that are recognised as the world's best, coupled with a design that is all about New Zealand," said Air New Zealand Managing Director and CEO Ralph Norris.

"As our country is so inspiring, we believe the journey to get there should be too, so we've considered every aspect of the customer's experience including new blankets, duvets and pillows, the introduction of Living Nature skincare products as well as newly designed crockery right down to river-stone themed salt and pepper sets."

The new interior is configured in a three class layout of Business Premier, Pacific Premium Economy and Pacific Economy.

The innovative design in Business Premier includes a comfortable, 22" wide leather armchair that converts into a 6ft 7.5" (2.02m) bed that is the longest available in Business Class today and also makes Air New Zealand the only airline to offer a truly lie-flat bed at a Business Class price into and out of New Zealand. Other features include an ottoman footrest that doubles as a visitor's seat, in-seat power, a high resolution 10.4" screen to view the on-demand digital entertainment system and active noise-cancellation headsets.

The unique herringbone seating configuration means direct aisle access for all passengers. Seating for 46 is available in the two front cabins on the 747's main deck and in the front half of the upper deck.

The new class of Pacific Premium Economy is located on the upper deck with seating for 23 and features the largest pitch in its class at 38"-40" together with a generous seat width of 18.5". On-demand digital entertainment is through a personal 8.4" high resolution screen.

The new class makes Air New Zealand the only airline to be offering premium economy seating on services to and from New Zealand.

"With Pacific Premium Economy fares available at just 25-30% more than economy fares we have seen strong bookings, particularly for San Francisco and London, with a total of more than 7,000 sectors booked across North America and London routes," said Mr Norris.

Air New Zealand's Pacific Economy class includes seating for 324 and retains the airline's leading 34" seat pitch, together with on-demand digital entertainment through high resolution 8.4" in-seat video screens.

The seat, designed by well known seat manufacturer Recaro, includes a slim-line shape, memory foam cushioning to shape to the passenger and a flexible seat edge for extra comfort.

The first 747 aircraft will initially fly some Tasman and Los Angeles services on an ad-hoc basis, before commencing scheduled services between Auckland and San Francisco from 7 August.

Further aircraft will be refitted approximately every six weeks, with completed aircraft to be progressively introduced on the Auckland - Los Angeles - London route (flights NZ1 & NZ2) from 5 November and other routes during 2006.

"Today's announcement sets a platform for the company to grow its long-haul business, with financial benefits of the new offering expected to commence in the second half of 2006, once the entire fleet is refitted," said Mr Norris.

"With gearing at an historic low, cash reserves of NZ$1.1 billion, strategies in place to lower operating costs and our new long-haul offering now a reality, Air New Zealand has never been better placed to face the challenges ahead such as fuel prices and intense competition."

Mr Norris said the design and refit process had been a technical challenge that was well managed by staff.

"For the past two years hundreds of staff have been involved in developing a new long-haul strategy, creating a design and then commencing the installation of the new product here at our engineering base.

"It has been a huge commitment from the company to get us to the point where we can now begin to reclaim our position as the best long-haul carrier in the world.

"I am extremely proud of everything that our staff have achieved and I look forward to seeing the rest of the fleet completed over the next 12 months."

The same interior design will be used on Air New Zealand's eight new Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, the first of which is due to arrive in October this year.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 02:11 PM   #2
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We made our first Premium Economy booking yesterday. At last Air NZ will really have top class interiors. They have taken out First Class entirely and expanded business and added the premium. Premium seats are now bookable on the 777 flights to SFO and from late in the year in the 747-400 NZ1/NZ2 to LAX and LHR. I was briefed about this last year and its great to see it all finally happening.
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Air NZ rocks, better beds than Qantas's business class

Air New Zealand hit with strike
July 19 2005

A strike by flight attendants of Air New Zealand has forced the carrier to cancel 30 percent of its international flights.

As many as 1,000 long-haul cabin crew members began walking off the job Monday in three 48-hour strikes that will continue until midnight next Monday, the Wellington Dominion Post reported Tuesday.

The resulting cancellations have affected about 15,000 passengers, including Kuwait's defeated Davis Cup tennis team. The strike is expected to cost Air New Zealand about $2 million.

Weary team members were also hoping to fly to Singapore on the first leg of a long flight home.

The union wants a 3.8 percent wage increase for each of the next three years. Air New Zealand had offered 3.3 percent in the first year, 3.4 percent next year and 3.3 percent in 2007.

Long-haul flight attendants in its premium section earn about $61,500 a year, plus $20,000 in tax-free allowances. Air New Zealand's pay offer would increase taxable income to about $63,530 in the first year of the new contract.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #4
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Pay talks continue at Air NZ
Jul 19, 2005

Talks are continuing between Air New Zealand and the union representing cabin crew who are striking in support of a 3.8% pay claim.

The first of three strikes lasting 48 hours is due to finish at midnight on Tuesday with a break of 24 hours before the next strike gets underway.

An Air New Zealand spokesman says even if there is a breakthrough in talks it will be too late to avoid the cancellation of further flights between now and next Monday, when the strikes are due to end.

A total of 84 flights are expected to be cancelled, disrupting the travel plans of an estimated 15,000 passengers.

Source- Abnoxious TV One news presenter Judy Bailey
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Air New Zealand international disruption continues despite end of strike
23 July 2005

Disruption of Air New Zealand flights to and from Asia and other international destinations will continue until the end of Monday despite the settlement of an industrial dispute with flight attendants, the airline said.

Stoppages since Monday by international flight attendants have forced the cancellation of 85 flights -- including nearly one third of Air New Zealand's long haul services -- disrupting travel for 15,000 passengers.

Talks during the week between the airline and the attendants' union over pay and conditions ended successfully Friday. But it was too late to restore flights cancelled for Sunday and Monday, said Air New Zealand's general manager for international services, Ed Sims.

A total of 29 flights have been cancelled on Sunday and Monday. Services to Asia have been worst affected by the strike, including flights to and from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.
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New Zealand, Britain sign aviation deal opening skies to each other's airlines
26 July 2005

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand and Britain signed a landmark open skies deal on Tuesday allowing New Zealand's airlines to operate unlimited flights into and out of Britain.

Transport Minister Pete Hodgson, who signed the agreement with British High Commissioner Richard Fell, said the timing was "great news" for the tourism industry and for Air New Zealand.

Tourism is one of New Zealand's biggest industries -- pumping an estimated 16.5 billion New Zealand dollars (US$11.3 billion; �9.4 billion) into the economy each year.

The deal, first announced in May, removes almost all restrictions on air services between the two countries.

"This agreement is the most liberal signed to date by the U.K.," Hodgson said.

While it allows Air New Zealand to increase flights beyond its present once-daily service, any increase in flights will depend on access to landing and takeoff slots at London's Heathrow airport.

The carrier said it is working through the process of securing suitable slots at Heathrow, Britain's busiest international airport, which could take at least 12 months.

Fell said in a statement that the agreement was good for travelers and airlines in both countries.

A memorandum to the agreement says Britain reserves the right to limit the number of passengers the New Zealand carrier can fly between London's two main international airports and the United States.

This is because of restrictions on British airlines flying these routes under a deal with the U.S. government.
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Old September 4th, 2005, 12:29 PM   #7
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Air New Zealand's new beauty...the Beoing 777-200

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Old September 4th, 2005, 12:48 PM   #8
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Pretty. Hey where's those Airbus's that we were going to get?
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Old September 4th, 2005, 02:29 PM   #9
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man the new Air NZ 777-200 look nice

The new air NZ 747-400's interior looks much nicer than the Singapore airlines 747-400, and I thought when I was last on a Singapore flight (about 4 weeks ago) that they were flash... good on ya air NZ
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Air NZ wants its own terminal

04 September 2005
Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/sundays...6a6445,00.html
By TIM HUNTER

Air New Zealand is so fed up with monopoly airport charges that it wants to build its own passenger terminal at Auckland airport.

In a parting shot, chief executive Ralph Norris, who stepped down on Wednesday, said airport charges were a big issue for the airline, and having its own terminal was a realistic option.

"It may be in Air New Zealand's interests for it to run its own terminal and shopping precinct and compete with Auckland Airport," he told the Sunday Star-Times.

"The airport has ways and means of not allowing it to happen, but it probably could be achieved with Commerce Commission intervention."

Norris said Air NZ could build a new terminal in partnership with a big property developer.

One aim would be to create an easier transfer between international and domestic services through a single Air NZ terminal.

"As a major international hub it would provide us with a lot more convenience," said Norris.

There were overseas models for how the arrangement could work.

In Australia, for example, Qantas leases Terminal 3 for its own use at Sydney Airport, while Terminals 1 and 2 are owned and operated by the airport company for international and domestic traffic respectively.

The idea had been discussed at board level and floated with Auckland Airport, which Norris said was not well disposed to the proposal.

Air NZ has been campaigning for several years against what it sees as excessive airport charges.

In May 2003, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel decided against price controls on Auckland Airport, saying the benefits for air travellers were not sufficient to justify the cost.

Her decision followed a Commerce Commission report recommending price controls because Auckland Airport was earning excessive profits from its monopoly position.

The same year, Air NZ backed away from a confrontation with Wellington Airport over a 78% increase in landing charges. A settlement was reached on the eve of a court hearing after Air NZ had refused to pay the extra money.

Last week, Norris continued the fight, telling National Radio that airport profit margins in New Zealand were 75%, while the norm in Europe was closer to 35%.

Auckland Airport chief executive Don Huse said the company was an honest broker resolving competing airline interests.

Having "common use" terminals gave airlines more flexibility than single use terminals and avoided overbuilding. They also gave lower barriers to entry for airline competition.

"So what would possibly be the motivation for a single airline wanting its own facilities?" said Huse.

The airport had been negotiating with airlines for 12 months, he said, and a final outcome on pricing would not happen until September 2007.

"Only then can criticism be justifiably levelled at us."

While there was naturally some tension on commercial issues, "that doesn't affect our commitment to going through the process in good faith".

Huse said the consultation process was clear and included court action as happened with Wellington airport, although "I certainly hope it doesn't come to that ... I think there's a lot of crying wolf."
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man the new Air NZ 777-200 look nice

The new air NZ 747-400's interior looks much nicer than the Singapore airlines 747-400, and I thought when I was last on a Singapore flight (about 4 weeks ago) that they were flash... good on ya air NZ
It show's good old Kiwi inginuity, the new Air NZ is better than any other airline imo.
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Yeah it should be nice having those seats that are like beds lol.
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A Boeing B777-200ER.


Air NZ doubles order for Boeing 787s to four

26.10.05 11.00am


Air New Zealand said today it had placed firm orders for another two Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner" aircraft costing US$117 million ($168m) each, in addition to the two it already has on order.

The announcement comes as the airline prepares for the delivery of the first of eight new B777-200ER aircraft this Friday.

New chief executive Rob Fyfe said the Government-controlled airline had been guaranteed firm delivery slots for the two additional aircraft.

"This is a most desirable position for us to be in given the unprecedented sales success of the Boeing 787 model and enables us to plan for the airline's long-term needs," he said.

The Dreamliner makes significant use of lightweight high-tech composite materials to deliver operating efficiencies and customer comfort, including higher humidity levels and a more comfortable, lower cabin altitude.

They have a range of 14,800km-15,700km range.

While Boeing has yet to confirm actual configuration details, it is expected that the B787-9 model will offer the same range capability with 20-50 more seats.

As part of its international long-haul fleet strategy, Air New Zealand plans to have all its eight B777-200ER aircraft in service by early 2007 and introduce the B787 aircraft during 2010/2011.
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That's interesting, seeing as they're cutting 600 jobs.
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That's engineering jobs they're cutting though, i.e. ground staff - not personnel that are required to staff the planes themselves. It staggers me though how much airlines spend on new planes. It seems like Air NZ is constantly spending hundreds of millions at any one time upgrading it's fleet.
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..and yet wants to cut 600 jobs to save a measly $100 million. Thats 600 families, etc affected. Its all bizzare considering the govt (or in other words, all of us!) owns 80% of Air NZ.
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That's engineering jobs they're cutting though, i.e. ground staff - not personnel that are required to staff the planes themselves. It staggers me though how much airlines spend on new planes. It seems like Air NZ is constantly spending hundreds of millions at any one time upgrading it's fleet.
I know. What I meant was: don't be suprised where they got the money from to afford a few more planes.
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I know. What I meant was: don't be suprised where they got the money from to afford a few more planes.
Oh i getcha. Sorry... i don't have my thinking cap on today.
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it is sad the 600 highly skilled jobs are going to China, but hey at least its not as bad as Qantas who said they are looking at moving 3000 engineering jobs from Aus offshore to asia, its just how the competitive business world is going these days and it wouldn't make sense for the NZ govt to subsidise those jobs on behalf of AirNZ.

As for the new planes, AirNZ needs to upgrade its whole fleet, all its services, and the interiors of all planes. Huge competitive pressure from the likes of cashed up Emirates and Royal Brunei means AirNZ needs to keep up and meet customers changing needs or it will be left in the dust.

The best thing the NZ govt can do is help find those 600 engineers new jobs hopefully here in NZ.
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Hope I don't offend anyone here but I personally wouldn't trust anything getting a proper service in China. If they are saving $100million its for a reason, lower maintenance quality. Lets say this is the case and an air NZ plane crashes because of this, now its that good publicity? they saved on maintenance costs but destroyed their reputation in the process.

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