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Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 20, 2013

Air New Zealand, is an airline based in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the national airline of New Zealand, which focuses on flights to Australia and the South Pacific, and flights to Europe, North America and Asia, as a member of the Star Alliance.

On 27 March 2006, The airline embarked on a conversion to a new brand identity, including a new uniform, a new logo, a new color scheme and a new look.

The new uniforms are characterized by having a color palette that reflects the green Pounamu, the bluish-green and slate colors of New Zealand, the heavens and the earth, woven from merino wool and inspired by the koru curves.

A green stone replaced the until then blue Pacific Wave, inspired by the color of the Pounamu, the precious gem found in New Zealand. The New Zealand Koru is stamped on all the signage and products of New Zealand

The maori symbol on the airline is known as the koru. It is a stylized representation of the leaf of a fern. The koru was used in the bows of the first Polynesian canoes that sailed on the Pacific between its many small islands.

The koru is applied for the first time in the tail of a plane of The airline with the arrival of the DC-10 in 1973 and has remained since then. The current stamping of the aircraft was adopted in 1997. The koru also appears on the flag of New Zealand and flies at international airports such as Los Angeles International Airport.

On  March 21, 2006 a new logo was revealed. This logo was introduced in all advertising, signage and parking, along with all the planes. A special stamp characterized by a picture of the members of the All Blacks that took in the Rugby World Cup in 1999 was used in the aircraft.

In 2002 and 2003 The airline stressed its position as the “the official airline of Middle-earth” decorating three aircraft with images of the Lord of the Rings, applied as giant stickers.  The decals represented to the actors of the Lord of the Rings against the backgrounds of the locations used in New Zealand in the movies.

The remodelled Boeing 747-400 performs daily nonstop flight service Auckland-Los Angeles (NZ5/6) and Auckland-London Heathrow via Hong Kong (NZ38/39).  The Boeing 777-200ER is used in the route Auckland-London Heathrow via Los Angeles (NZ1/2) during low periods, using the 747 during peak periods. The 777 are also used on all flights of the routes Auckland-Osaka (NZ97/98), Auckland-San Francisco (NZ7/8), Auckland-Tokio (NZ90/99), Auckland-Shanghai and Auckland-Adelaide and for some of the Auckland-Melbourne, Auckland-Sydney and Auckland-Brisbane routes.

Air New Zealand has operated an international air bridge between Christchurch and Auckland since 30 October 2006. This bridge is for air passengers from Christchurch connecting with long-haul flights from Auckland. This eliminates the necessity of the transfer time between the domestic and international terminals in Auckland. This airlift connects with flights to Apia, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Perth, Tonga and San Francisco.

Registered head office and customer service contact details for this airline’s headquarters:

Physical Address:

Ogilvie Crescent
Auckland International Airport
New Zealand

Tel: +64 (0)9 357 3000

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  • Erik
    November 20, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Air New Zealand LHR-HKG in Business Premier. From its central headquarters, in the first row. The seat was spacious, brilliant, great service. The seats are fantastic. Fishbone style like Virgin Airlines and the bed is completely flat. I am 6 ft 6 and had no problem extending completely. Much better than BA where I have to cramp my legs. Service and excellent food with great choice of food and wines on demand. Seats are generally private, comfortable and of high quality. Everything has a sense of luxury, it was a real pleasure flying with them.

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