The paperless office may not have arrived, but it looks like the paperless cockpit is well on its way. Boeing has announced that Air New Zealand is abandoning old-fashioned hard copy technical logs on its fleet of six 787 Dreamliners in favor of Boeing's Electronic Log Book (ELB). Show More Summary
It seems that the “impossible to find” business class award inventory from Air New Zealand is not so impossible any more. There was some discussion of it on FlyerTalk earlier this week and, given my love for all things data, I took a...Show More Summary
It's two countries for the price of one with Air New Zealand's newest (and perhaps best) sale from the United States, featuring Auckland and the best of Australia.
United and American are starting service to New Zealand. Air New Zealand has a new Houston flight. More capacity should drive down prices, mean unsold seats, and likely award space available. Award space on American's flights was wide...Show More Summary
For the past several years, Air New Zealand has been extremely stingy when it comes to releasing premium cabin award availability to the US. To a large extent I understand why, since they've basically had a monopoly on the US market. Now...Show More Summary
Flight deals to Australia are hard to find. The remoteness of the continent from the USA, across the Pacific Ocean and down under means limited flights and high prices. My rule of thumb is any fare under $1,000 round trip to Australia is a good deal and far lower than average fares. Show More Summary
American will be launching daily Boeing 787-8 flights between Los Angeles and Auckland as of June 2016. This is a really exciting route, given that previously Air New Zealand had a monopoly between the US mainland and New Zealand, and now both American and United are launching service in the market. Show More Summary
The failed state of Vanuatu’s shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New Zealand, is now taking its jets home until things get fixed. Qantas and Air New Zealand took fright over the risks earlier this week, as the […]
An hour into their trip from Tokyo to Auckland on an Air New Zealand airplane, passengers aboard this flight experienced severe turbulence, the kind that makes you worry about your life. Turbulence hit right during dinner service and the results look just like the aftermath of a massive party in an Airbnb rental. Show More Summary
Fly to the Cook Islands in Business Class for $1698, economy fares start at $698! Air New Zealand is running a sale from the US — economy tickets are $200 off roundtrip fares, premium economy $400, and business class $600 off. The sale is good on any flights from the US in the current booking range, tickets must […]
What I learned about our prayers on a shaky flight to New Zealand. M ost of us pray the Lord’s Prayer backwards. Eleven years ago, my wife and I were on an Air New Zealand flight that felt like it was falling out of the sky. Approaching...Show More Summary
In international route news, American has kicked off its new Australia service from Los Angeles; Air New Zealand has linked up with Star Alliance partner United at Houston; Delta inaugurated flights on three new Latin America routes; KLM will eliminate one U.S. Show More Summary
Who knew it was possible to fly Air New Zealand using American miles! Under a brand new rules change, for one specific flight at least, it now is. Since so much of the AAdvantage award rules are unpublished, I wrote the Ultimate Guide to Booking Award Tickets Using American Miles. Continue reading American Makes Another Unannounced – and Strange – Tweak to its Award Rules...
Houston becomes the only U.S. city with nonstop air service to all six inhabited continents.
The Air New Zealand marketing team is not a stranger to nifty marketing. They are known for their wacky safety videos, and for the recent wager they had with Qantas over the Rugby World Cup finals. Now, they have taken it a step further with some brilliant guerrilla marketing. Show More Summary
Airlines that fly Boeing 787s have a real problem to deal with. It’s inferior in seating space in some important respects to Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s and A350s. The issues this can cause airlines like Air New Zealand, which has 787-9s and 777-200ERs and -300ERs in parallel operation, are exquisitely measured and compared in […]
Air New Zealand has a pretty sweet Cyber Monday sale today (h/t: Alexander)! Through midnight PST November 30, you can get $400 off a rountrip ticket. Valid for any destination served by Air New Zealand in the US Good for travel any time of year within the current booking range. Works on economy, premium economy, and […]
Sometimes, when children fly alone, their parents temporarily lose track of them and airlines get blamed. In the most famous case, in July 2012 more than 100 stories on the Internet described a case in which United allegedly lost a 10-year-old child at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Among the dozens of [...]
They Air New Zealand marketing team is not a stranger to nifty marketing. They are known for their wacky safety videos, and the recent wager they had with Qantas over the Rugby World Cup finals. Now, they have taken it a step further with some brilliant guerilla marketing. Show More Summary
Air travellers are getting used to ancillary charges, especially those who fly ‘full service’ in America, or ‘low cost’ in Australia and much of Asia. $$ for a checked bag, $ for small carry on item, $$$ for not checking in on-line or print your own boarding pass, or having to change a flight, sometimes […]