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Air NZ hails Chief Executive Fyfe

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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.

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

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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.

Pay for 1,000 staff members to be frozen by Air New Zealand

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A new salary-saving measure has been announced by Air New Zealand to find the way to cope with the recession in the aviation industry without major retrenchment of staff.

For the year starting from the month of July, the salaries of the staff who earn more than $80,000 would be frozen by the airline, a move that will have an effect on around 1000 of the company's 11,000 employees.

5.7 per cent fall in Air NZ passengers

5.7 per cent fall in Air NZ passengers

Some 5.7% fewer passengers were carried by Air New Zealand last month than it did in April last year when the holiday season fell in March. The drop in number of passesngers happened even when an Easter boost has been counted.

However after cutting its capacity by 12.7%, the airline’s passenger load factor was increased by 4.5%     points. In the month of April Air New Zealand carried 971,000 passengers.

Regional review carried out by Air NZ

Regional review carried out by Air NZ

Amidst downturn in demand, regional network service is being reviewed by National carrier Air New Zealand.

According to The Dominion Post, the airlines told that the number of passengers for its haul flights has decreased by 3% and is impacting its margins.

The improvement is being considered by the airlines in the way regional airline subsidiaries Eagle Air, Air Nelson and Mount Cook Airline function.

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