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Air New Zealand (NZ)

Air New Zealand is serving as the national airline for New Zealand. By working with other partner airlines, Air New Zealand is able to transport the largest amount of passengers to and from Europe, North America and Asia to every corner of the New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, etc.) by using hub cities on the way like Vancouver and Hong Kong to make the transfers. It is the only airline company to circumnavigate the entire world.

Identity Card

  • IATA code: NZ
  • Number of serviced cities: 53 destinations
  • Main hub: Auckland Airport
  • Alliance: Star Alliance (AKL)
  • Fleet: 99 aircraft
  • Loyalty rewards program: Airpoints

History of Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand began as Tasman Empire Airways Limited in 1940. It operated flying boats over short-distances. The main routes were from Auckland to Sydney, Wellington, and Fiji. In 1960 the company ended its flying boat operation and took up the propeller. In 1965 TEAL became Air New Zealand, with the government holding half of the shares in the company.

With their new fleet, the company began crossing oceans towards the USA and Asia. Honolulu and Los Angeles were added to the network of destinations. In 1982 the airline added flights to London, UK. In the 1990s the airline underwent several ownership battles. At several points from 1990 to 2000 the airline nearly claimed bankruptcy after some poor decisions but the New Zealand government re-nationalized the airline, bailing it out. Today the airline is facing hard economic times as a consequence of the global economic crisis and high oil prices.

Travel with Air New Zealand: practical information

  • Onboard services

    • Meals: Meals are served on all international flights but not on domestic. Menus reflect New Zealand food traditions. To cater to cultural and dietary needs, advise the airline at least 24 hours before departure.
    • Entertainment: Individual on-demand systems are programmed with movies, music, radio and games. In-flight magazine is available, KiaOra (“Hello and Welcome” in Maori).
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: 1 piece of luggage with a weight of 7 kg and maximum total dimensions of 115 cm (length + width + height).
    • Checked: 1 piece is permitted weighing up to 20 kg total.
    • Excess: For flights between the UK and New Zealand, each excess kilo is charged £33. To check an additional suitcase, the charge is £50.

Discounts and Special Offers

The most current and up-to-date specials and offers from Air New Zealand are listed on the website.


Telephone: 0064 9 357 3000

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