Air New Zealand

How to get home: These airlines continue to fly between the USA and Australia amidst the Coronavirus

October 23, 2020

**UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2020** New flight options between USA and Australia have been confirmed, with a recommendation to book at least 8 weeks out to secure a seat. Demand is expected to be high and the situation is changing by the day. The best approach is always to get in touch with an airline directly […]

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Air New Zealand want to put bunk beds in Economy Class

February 26, 2020

Air New Zealand is currently working on a world-first lie-flat prototype for economy class travellers. Dubbed the “Economy Skynest”, the product has spent three years in R&D, with the input of more than 200 customers at the airline’s Auckland-based Hangar 22 innovation centre. Now it seems like what is essentially six Economy bunk beds is […]

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Air New Zealand is now using NASA technology for airline pillows

October 8, 2019

The humble airline pillow is often an overlooked detail in the overall passenger experience. Too soft? Not soft enough? Not supportive enough? Too warm? Those who aren’t bringing their own rely on this amenity to get that necessary sleep in. Air New Zealand have acknowledged this by becoming the first airline in the world to […]

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Virgin Australia vs Air New Zealand: Whose Premium Economy is Better to LAX?

May 3, 2018

Following the recent break up of long time allies Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand – in my opinion the best airlines who fly the Pacific route – it’s become pertinent for allies of the airline to pick sides. Some will stick with whichever one they have Frequent Flyer status with (Virgin’s Velocity proving miles […]

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Air New Zealand introduces 787-9 Dreamliner for direct service between Sydney and Cook Islands

April 3, 2017

Air New Zealand have just taken a big, comfortable leap forward for passengers hopping on the popular direct route between Sydney and Cook Islands hub Rarotonga. As of this past week the highly regarded airline have upgraded their aircraft on the route to operate a 787-9 Dreamliner, bringing a superior option for those looking to […]

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Flight Review: Air New Zealand’s Economy Class Service from San Francisco to Auckland (NZ7)

February 23, 2017

Today we travel from San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL), on board Air New Zealand‘s economy 777 service. Flying out on a Friday night, I was surprised to see the plane not just full, but overbooked – which seems to lend to the argument that this route is increasing in its popularity as an alternative to […]

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Air New Zealand enlist Ronan Keating and actor Julian Dennison to celebrate an “epic” Kiwiana Christmas

December 2, 2016

New Zealand’s national carrier Air New Zealand has teamed up with multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating and young Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison to record a witty Kiwi interpretation of the Christmas Classic “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. Given the Southern Hemisphere celebrates Christmas in the Summertime, you will quickly understand the direction that […]

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State of Affairs: Keep Sydney Open installs plaques outside live music venues, Live Nation and Air New Zealand announce new partnership & more!

September 30, 2016

This week in the music industryL Keep Sydney Open garnered wide media attention from all over the country when they partnered with 18 internationally successful homegrown artists to install plaques outside shutdown live music venues across the city, Live Nation and Air New Zealand announced a new partnership, and EMC 2016 announced their first lineup of […]

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Virgin Australia to bring back the Melbourne to LAX route; introduces overnight service from Brisbane

September 21, 2016

Virgin Australia is expanding its international operations in 2017, with the announcement yesterday that the carrier would be re-introducing its Melbourne to Los Angeles route, which was taken away in October 2014 in favour of their Brisbane to Los Angeles service (which at the time was only serviced by Qantas). Since then, Qantas and United […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg Three – Los Angeles to London (NZ2)

July 7, 2016

Over the last week, we’ve taken you on board Jennifer Quinlin’s journey from Melbourne to London with Air New Zealand atypical route for Australian travellers, via Auckland and Los Angeles. So far she’s taken us through legs one and two of the journey, as well as her experience in transit in Los Angeles. Now today […]

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What it’s like to transit at LAX with Air New Zealand’s NZ2 from Auckland to London

July 4, 2016

The Air New Zealand service NZ2 (the first leg of which I reviewed last week) is a rare flight at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with the airport serving as a transit point for the plane: with the plane continuing on to London. But not before you have to deal with the airport’s infamous security measures. While […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg Two – Auckland to Los Angeles (NZ2)

June 30, 2016

Earlier this week, Jennifer started her journey to London with Air New Zealand with her first leg from Melbourne to Auckland (You can read that review HERE). Today she takes us on the second leg, from Auckland to Los Angeles on Air New Zealand‘s remarkable Premium Economy “Spaceseat” service, abroad their stunning Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Airline: Air New […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg One – Melbourne to Auckland (NZ124)

June 28, 2016

While most fly to London via Asia or the Middle East, Air New Zealand offer a service that take you via Auckland and Los Angeles. It’s a longer journey, but depending on the needs of your travel could end up being a better option. Our own Jennifer Quinlin recently flew from Melbourne to London on Air […]

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Flight Review: Air New Zealand – Sydney to Auckland (NZ104)

May 2, 2016

In today’s Flight review on AU Abroad, we take you on board Air New Zealand and one of their services from Sydney to Auckland (NZ104). This is an airline who has stayed ahead of many of their competitors, racking up awards just as fast as air miles and it’s all on the back of their […]

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Alaska Airlines confirm purchase of Virgin America; Richard Branson expresses “sadness” in post

April 5, 2016

In a deal worth US$2.6 Billion, and one that is sure to shake up the US domestic travel industry, Alaska Airlines have confirmed they have won a bidding war with JetBlue Airways to purchase the much loved airline Virgin America. The merger will see Alaska Airlines become the 5th biggest in the USA, with 1,200 […]

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