Air New Zealand

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Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand logo
Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9
IATA code : NZ
ICAO code : ANZ
Call sign : NEW ZEALAND
Founding: 1940 (as Tasman Empire Airways Limited)
Seat: Auckland , New Zealand
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Home airport : Auckland
Company form: Limited
IATA prefix code : 086
Management: Christopher Luxon ( CEO )
Number of employees: 10,527 (2016)
Sales: NZ $ 5.1 billion (2017)
Passenger volume: 15.9 million (2017)
Alliance : Star Alliance
Frequent Flyer Program : Airpoints
Fleet size: 114 (+ 17 orders)
Aims: National and international

Air New Zealand is the national airline of New Zealand , based in Auckland and based on the Auckland Airport . She is a member of the airline alliance Star Alliance and in the 50 index NZX on the NZX listed.


Air New Zealand is based in Auckland

Air New Zealand was founded on April 26, 1940 as the national airline with the name Tasman Empire Airways Limited ( TEAL for short ) with the participation of Qantas , BOAC and Union Airways . In 1954 BOAC withdrew, in 1961 New Zealand bought the Australian shares. Thus the company was purely New Zealand and on April 1, 1965 it was renamed Air New Zealand Limited . In 1978, the domestic route New Zealand National Airways Corporation was integrated into the company.

With the acquisition of 50 percent of Ansett Australia in 1996, Air New Zealand strengthened its position in the Australian market. 1997 joined the Star Alliance . In 1999 the company won the "Globe Award for Best Airline to the Pacific" in the World Business Class survey. In February 2000 Air New Zealand took over the remaining 50% of the shares in Ansett Australia from the previous co-owner News Corporation . On September 13, 2001, the management of Ansett Australia was transferred to PricewaterhouseCoopers .

In mid-2012 it was announced that Air New Zealand was introducing a new color scheme, which consists of a black tail unit with the Koru symbol , a rolling fern leaf, and new lettering. Another variant is largely painted black. Air New Zealand then opted for the largely black logo.

On June 1, 2014 Air New Zealand ordered 14 additional A320 Family aircraft from Airbus . The planes are to serve the further modernization and expansion of the fleet. In the same month it was the first airline in the world to receive a Boeing 787-9 , making it the first operator of a Boeing 787 in Oceania . With the flight from Auckland to Perth on September 12, 2014, it was also the first airline in the world to start scheduled flight operations with a Boeing 787-9.

Air New Zealand's last Boeing 747-400 in 2010

On Friday, September 12, 2014, the last flight of the only remaining Boeing 747-400 ( aircraft registration number ZK-NBV ) from San Francisco to Auckland took place. This marked the end of an era for this type of aircraft at Air New Zealand after 33 years in which the Boeing 747 was in service in different versions. Air New Zealand will only operate twin-engine aircraft in the future .

On January 7, 2015, Air New Zealand ordered two more Boeing 787-9s.

The last flight of a Boeing 737-300 took place on September 6, 2015. This ended operation with this type of aircraft after 47 years. Air New Zealand will operate a pure Airbus short and medium-haul fleet in the future.

Air New Zealand is now one of the largest airlines in the Pacific and one of the largest companies in New Zealand . As of January 2015, it is 52% state-owned.


Air New Zealand destinations

Air New Zealand mainly serves destinations in Australia and Oceania from its three hubs . In addition, several intercontinental airports in East Asia , North and South America and London are served from Auckland as the only destination in Europe .

In April 2020, the destinations Buenos Aires, London and Los Angeles were prematurely abandoned in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic . The new route from Auckland to New York will be postponed to the end of 2021.

Code sharing

Air New Zealand has codeshare agreements with many Star Alliance members as well as with Air Rarotonga , Air Tahiti Nui , Air Vanuatu , Aircalin , Cathay Pacific , Etihad Airways , Fiji Airways , Silk Air , Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia .


Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200
Air New Zealand's Airbus A321neo
Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER
Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9

Air New Zealand

As of April 2020, the Air New Zealand fleet (excluding Air New Zealand Link) consists of 64 aircraft with an average age of 7.0 years:

Aircraft type number ordered Remarks Seats
( Business / Eco + / Eco )
Average age

(April 2020)

Airbus A320-200 23 13 Sharklets equipped 168 (- / - / 168)
171 (- / - / 171)
8.8 years
Airbus A320neo 4th 2 To replace older A320-200 165 (- / - / 165) 1.0 years
Airbus A321neo 7th 7th 214 (- / - / 214) 1.2 years
Boeing 777-200ER 8th To be replaced by Boeing 787-10 312 (26/40/246) 14.0 years
Boeing 777-300ER 8th 2 leased from ALC 342 (44/54/244) 8.3 years
Boeing 787-9 14th Air New Zealand is the launch customer of the 787-9; 1 order leased from ALC 275 (27/33/215)
302 (18/21/263)
3.9 years
Boeing 787-10 8th Should replace Boeing 777-200ER, delivery probably from 2022 - open -
total 64 17th 7.0 years

Air New Zealand Link

ATR72-600 from Air New Zealand Link
Air New Zealand Link DHC-8-300
Beechcraft 1900D from Air New Zealand Link

Under the umbrella brand Air New Zealand Link , the subsidiaries Mount Cook Airline and Air Nelson operate a network of regional and feeder flights for Air New Zealand with smaller aircraft. Another subsidiary, Eagle Airways , ceased its flights on August 26, 2016.

As of April 2020, the Air New Zealand Link fleet consists of 50 aircraft with an average age of 8.1 years:

Aircraft type number ordered Remarks Seats Average age
ATR 72-600 27 68 3.5 years
De Havilland DHC-8-300 23 operated by Air Nelson 50 13.6 years
total 50 - 8.1 years

Special paints

Air New Zealand has been providing some aircraft with special paint or foils since around 1970.

Current special paints
Aircraft type Aircraft registration Remarks image
Airbus A320-200 ZK-OJH " Star Alliance "
ZK-OAB " All Blacks "
ATR 72-600 ZK-MVA
Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZE
Former special paints
Aircraft type Aircraft registration Remarks image
Boeing 747-400 ZK-NBV
" The Lord of the Rings "
ZK-NBW "All Blacks"
Beechcraft 1900D ZK-EAK
Boeing 777-300ER ZK-OKQ
ZK-OKO " The Hobbit "

Former fleet

Lockheed L-188A of TEAL in 1964
Air New Zealand's McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 in 1978
Air New Zealand's Boeing 767-300ER

In the history of Air New Zealand, aircraft of the following types were used:


  • On July 4, 1966, two of the five crew members were killed on board a Douglas DC-8-52 ( aircraft registration number ZK-NZB ) in a crash shortly after take-off. There were no passengers on board the machine.
  • On February 17, 1979, on Air New Zealand flight 4374, a Fokker F-27-500 (aircraft registration number ZK-NFC ) crashed into Manukau port during the final approach. One crew member and one company employee were killed.
  • On November 28, 1979 crashed on Air New Zealand Flight 901 , a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (air vehicle registration number ZK-NZP ) during a tour flight over the Antarctic against Mount Erebus . All 237 passengers and all 20 crew members died as a result of the aircraft's impact. This was the worst aircraft accident in New Zealand's history . On December 1, 2019, Air New Zealand formally apologized for the first time to the relatives of the disaster victims.


In August 2012, Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways introduced in- flight regulations that prohibit men from taking a seat on the plane next to children traveling alone. This regulation caused criticism and indignation because of the associated general suspicion of pedophilia against men.


  • The Air New Zealand logo depicts a koru , a symbol of an unfolding fern used by the Māori .
  • Air New Zealand regularly publishes humorous safety videos to draw passengers' attention to in-flight safety. In 2009, this video were used which naked, with body painting show painted flight attendants. In connection with the world premiere of the film The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey , Air New Zealand showed a safety video from November 2012 showing hobbits, dwarves, orcs and elves performing safety instructions. Director Peter Jackson was seen in a cameo .
  • Due to the great success of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy , both of which were mostly filmed in New Zealand, some of Air New Zealand's wide-body aircraft were provided with appropriate motifs from the films (see special liveries ). It called itself in reference to the films in commercials " The Airline of Middle Earth " (Eng .: The airline of Middle Earth ).

See also


  • Frank Littek: Portrait: Air New Zealand. In: AERO International , No. 11/2018, pp. 16–21

Web links

Commons : Air New Zealand  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  8. Air New Zealand Begins Boeing 787-9 Service to Perth from mid-Sep 2014., September 12, 2014, accessed on September 15, 2014 .
  9. Queen of the Skies takes her last Air NZ flight., September 12, 2014, accessed September 15, 2014 .
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  11. ^ Air New Zealand ends B737 operations. ch-aviation , September 7, 2015, accessed on September 22, 2015 (English).
  12. ^ - Air New Zealand Shareholders. Retrieved January 4, 2015 .
  13. - Our route network and all flight schedules , accessed on December 13, 2016.
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  16. a b c Air New Zealand Fleet Details and History. In: April 15, 2020, accessed on April 29, 2020 .
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  18. a b - seating plans , accessed on June 20, 2018.
  19. - Air Lease Corporation Announces Two 777-300ER Lease Placements with Air New Zealand, February 28, 2013 (English)
  20. - Air Lease Corporation Announces Lease Placement of New Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Air New Zealand, February 23, 2017 (English)
  21. ch-aviation - New Zealand's Eagle Airways closes after 47 years , accessed on November 22, 2016
  22. a b c - Air New Zealand Link Fleet Details and History , accessed April 6, 2019
  23. ATR - Air New Zealand purchases 15 additional ATR 72-600s, November 5, 2015 (English), accessed December 13, 2016
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  25. - History (English), March 17, 2015
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  27. Aircraft accident data and report of the accident of February 17, 1979 in the Aviation Safety Network (English)
  28. Aircraft accident data and report of the accident of November 28, 1979 in the Aviation Safety Network (English)
  29. Stefan Eiselin: Air New Zealand apologizes for the Antarctic tragedy. from December 1, 2019
  30. Der Spiegel - Australian Airlines: Men are not allowed to sit next to children. Retrieved on August 15, 2012
  31. Art on the body for more safety. In: Tagesschau. ARD, July 3, 2009, archived from the original on July 4, 2009 ; Retrieved on December 3, 2015 (original website no longer available).
  32. ^ Air New Zealand has a Hobbit makeover . In: 3 News . MediaWorks TV , November 1, 2012; archived from the original on January 27, 2013 ; accessed on April 23, 2019 (English, original website no longer available).
  33. ^ Air New Zealand reveals Middle Earth airliner., November 24, 2012, accessed January 11, 2016 .