Entries in Air New Zealand (7)

Friday
Jun102011

Air New Zealand emergency return was not due to bird strike

The Auckland-based New Zealand Herald reported this morning that the scheduled Auckland-Perth Air New Zealand flight, which aborted its itinerary yesterday and returned to the airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA), was not compromised by a bird strike, as initially suspected.

The Boeing 767-300ER, operated as Air New Zealand flight 175, sits at Auckland International, undergoing continued inspections, in an attempt to determine the exact cause of the emergency.  Witnesses in the passenger cabin say a plume of fire shot backward from the left-hand engine shortly after takeoff.  Air New Zealand's Chief Pilot Captain, David Morgan, identified the flare as an anomaly that can occur when "airflow through the engine" is interrupted.  The airline indicated that the engine corrected itself, but that the plane was ordered to return to Auckland as a precaution.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries operate 99 aircraft to 53 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International.  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

As of the time of this post, Air New Zealand is the largest airline headquartered in the land of the long white cloud, and is the only airline to circumnavigate the world.

original stories

Air NZ emergency: 'It was terrifying' (New Zealand Herald)

Air NZ rules out bird strike as cause of emergency (http://tvnz.co.nz)

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Tuesday
May172011

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia elaborate on new network

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have each released information on the trans-Tasman alliance the two airlines worked out late last year.  Currently, Air New Zealand operates 70 percent of all commercial flights across the Tasman Sea, and Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue) operates 30 percent.  That ratio will not change under the new arrangement.  The two airlines are working together on a schedule of times and days (of the week) for the trans-Tasman flights that will optimize convenience for air travelers, and will stay within the terms of the alliance, approved last December by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Air New Zealand sees four main components of the new alliance.  Those are a trans-Tasman and domestic (for both airlines) codeshare agreement, revenue sharing, reciprocity between the two airlines' respective loyalty programs, and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying travelers on each airline.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

Virgin Australia is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Australia operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

related stories

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Group Announce New-look Joint Network (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Announce Joint Network (Virgin Australia)

Tuesday
Feb082011

Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways agree to codeshare

Air New Zealand and United Arab Emirates-based Eithad Airways announced today that their codeshare agreement will be in effect starting at the end of March.

Air New Zealand will place its codeshare symbol (NZ) on Etihad flights between the Etihad hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport (IATA: AUH; ICAO: OMAA) and the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.  Air New Zealand will also place its codeshare symbol on all three daily flights operated in each direction by Etihad between Abu Dhabi International and Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in London.

For its part, Etihad Airways will place its codeshare symbol (EY) on various domestic and trans-Tasman flights operated by Air New Zealand, and involving the New Zealand cities of Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown; and the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.  According to the press release from Etihad, the EY symbol will even be placed on Air New Zealand's flights between Auckland and the Chinese capital city of Beijing.

The partnership also allows members of each airline's frequent flier program to earn and redeem points with the corresponding program of the other airline.  Both airlines' press releases clarify that Etihad Airways' EY symbol will only be placed on trans-Tasman services inbound to Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), from various New Zealand points of origin (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch).  Air New Zealand flights outbound from Melbourne to those three destinations are not part of the codeshare.

Although the codeshare does not begin until the end of March, travelers with Air New Zealand and Etihad will be able to buy tickets in each other's networks (for travel at the end of March or later) toward the end of this month.  The codeshare is still subject to regulatory approval.

The United Arab Emirates is a sovereign federation of seven emirates on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, immediately to the east of the dominant occupant of that peninsula, Saudi Arabia.  It is a nation of contrasts, bordering Saudi Arabia along the extremely desolate Rub'al-Khali desert, but also boasting modern cities and surroundings that Westerners sometimes find surprisingly familiar.  Abu Dhabi is the capital and the most populous of the emirates.  Another emirate, Dubai, is dominated visually by the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Air New Zealand also announced that its newest Boeing 777-300ER would make a special visit tomorrow, to Wellington International Airport (IATA: WLG; ICAO: NZWN).  The capital city's largest airport has one bituminous surface 6,400 feet (1,951 meters) in length, which is insufficient length for the Boeing 777-300ER when the plane is filled to capacity with passengers, luggage, and fuel.  But with "only essential staff on board," the 777-300ER will be able to land and take off from Wellington International safely, according to Air New Zealand.

The 777-300ER will be assigned to Air New Zealand's Auckland-Los Angeles route, and its Los Angeles-London route.  Air New Zealand also flies non-stop between London and Hong Kong, and between Hong Kong and Auckland, making it the only airline to circumnavigate the globe.

Historically and politically often grouped with Australia, but geographically and geologically Polynesian, New Zealand is one of the southernmost inhabited places on the planet.  It was the native country of the late mountaineer Sir Edmund Hilary, and is also where the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies was filmed, by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson.

related stories

Air New Zealand increases its ownership share in Virgin Blue (January 21, 2010)

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways in codeshare agreement (Air New Zealand)

Etihad - Air New Zealand codeshare continue Australasia drive (Etihad Airways)

Air New Zealand's newest aircraft makes flying visit to Wellington (Air New Zealand)

Friday
Jan212011

Air New Zealand increases its ownership share in Virgin Blue

Air New Zealand recently acquired a 14.99 percent ownership stake in Australia-based "cut price carrier" Virgin Blue, according to the New York-based Associated Press, and the Otago Daily Times, a New Zealand newspaper.  The national airline of New Zealand, whose majority owner is the New Zealand government, would be required to make a "takeover offer" to the shareholders of Virgin Blue, if its ownership share in the Australian carrier grew to 15 percent.

Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe said with certainty that Air New Zealand would not increase its ownership share in Virgin Blue to 15 percent in the forseeable future.  Last month, the two airlines were allowed by Australian anti-trust regulators to enter into a partnership on certain trans-Tasman routes.

According to the Associated Press, the New Zealand government bought a majority of the shares in Air New Zealand ten years ago, to rescue the airline from the loss it suffered after investing in the now defunct Australian airline Ansett.  Ansett ceased operations in 2002.

Virgin Blue, Australia's second-largest airline behind Qantas Airways, is 26 percent owned by the United Kingdom-based Virgin Group, founded by British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.

related stories

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand buys 14.9 percent of Virgin Blue (Yahoo News)

Benefits from Air NZ's stake in Virgin (Otago Daily Times)

Thursday
Dec162010

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved

Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue are now approved by anti-trust regulators at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enter into the trans-Tasman partnership rejected by that same regulatory body three months ago.  The ACCC had been unhappy with low passenger capacity levels that the two airlines had in mind for certain trans-Tasman routes, according to the BBC today.  And to discourage a level of collusion on price between the two airlines that it (presumably) deemed unfair, the ACCC required that the number of seats available on those routes be increased.  Upon receiving "more information," detailing the exact nature of the partnership, the ACCC signed off on it.

An Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue alliance had been in the works for five years.  "The alliance still requires the approval of the New Zealand Minister of Transport," according to the New Zealand Herald today.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries operate 99 aircraft to 53 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

The design on the tail fins of Air New Zealand planes is called a koru.  As of the time of this post, the carrier is the largest airline headquartered in the land of the long white cloud, and the only airline to circumnavigate the world.

Virgin Blue is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Virgin Blue and its subsidiaries operate 76 aircraft to 31 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Blue operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

related story

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Virgin Blue, Air New Zealand get alliance approval (Yahoo Finance)

Air NZ, Virgin Blue alliance approved (New Zealand Herald)

Virgin Blue's deal with Air New Zealand backed (BBC)

ACCC approves Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance (http://atwonline.com)