Aviation Sector

Air NZ hails Chief Executive Fyfe

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand’s annual general meeting in Christchurch this afternoon witnessed a wide conflict between shareholders and management. Chief Executive Rob Fyfe was praised for providing strong leaderships that helped the airline weather challenges posed by the global financial crisis for the year.

One shareholder pulled the airline for publishing body paint portrait of chief executive Rob Fyfe in an advertisement.

Auckland-Queenstown flights added by Pacific Blue

Auckland-Queenstown flights added by Pacific Blue

The month of September, will see low-fare airline Pacific Blue starting weekend flights between Auckland and Queenstown, with the latter being the airline's fifth New Zealand domestic destination.

Since November 2007, Pacific Blue has been flying between the three main centers of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; and in July 2008, it added domestic Dunedin services.

Today, the Pacific Blue said: "The first of year-round Saturday and Sunday return flights from Auckland to Queenstown was due to start on September 19."

Auckland Airport soon to see 12-storey hotel by Tainui Group

Auckland, New Zealand

What was rumor till yesterday has been confirmed today, with Tainui Group Holdings affirming that it will build a new hotel at Auckland International Airport.

An agreement, together with Accor Hospitality, has been announced between the airport and the tribe.

Air links liberalized by New Zealand and Canada

air transport

A new air transport agreement has been signed between New Zealand and Canada, with the aim of allowing more flights between the two countries.

Tim Groser, New Zealand Trade Minister, said Wednesday that the agreement was signed with his Canadian counterpart, Stockwell Day, in Singapore. Groser added that the agreement will provide new business and tourism opportunities for both countries.

Air New Zealand pilot gets $15,000 in age discrimination case

Air New Zealand

As per the media reports, a case, which was filed by an Air New Zealand pilot in Supreme Court against his employer for age discrimination, has been won by the former.

In 2004, David McAlister was demoted from the post of a senior pilot to a first officer to fit with US Federal Aviation laws.

The basic aim of Air New Zealand was to abide by the laws that say no pilot-in-command can fly within its airspace if he is over the age of 60.

Air NZ fits blended winglets to wings of 767 aircraft

Air NZ fits blended winglets to wings of 767 aircraft

Air New Zealand hopes to reduce its fuel consumption by more than six million litres a year, by fixing a new 3.4m high wing tips on its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft.

Today, the airline's first Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, fitted with blended winglets, landed at Auckland International Airport. 

With the help of the blended winglets, the aircraft’s wings become more efficient, as they cut the drag; thereby reducing fuel use and emissions.