Air NZ’s third 787-9 spotted at Paine Field

Air NZ Boeing 787-9 at Boeing's Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Gerard Frawley)

Air New Zealand’s third Dreamliner has been spotted at Boeing’s Everett factory just outside Seattle as its delivery date nears. The 787-9, registration ZK-NZG, took its first test flight on Monday November 17. According to flight tracking websites, the test flight lasted 109 minutes, with the aircraft departing from and arriving at Paine Field. Unlike its all-black … [Read more...]

Air China flags new Beijing-Auckland route as part of proposed Air NZ alliance

An Air China Airbus A330. (Air China)

Air China has flagged starting services to Auckland as part of a proposed strategic alliance with Air New Zealand. The two carriers signed a statement of intent on Friday, coinciding with the visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to New Zealand. In a joint statement, the two Star Alliance carriers said they expected to submit their applications for regulatory … [Read more...]

Air NZ to withdraw Beech 1900D fleet

An Air NZ Link Beech 1900 next to a big brother 777-300ER.

Air New Zealand says it will stop 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D services operated by its Hamilton-based Eagle Air subsidiary by August 2016 and buy four additional ATR 72 turboprops as it moves to consolidate its regional operations. The 17-strong Beechcraft 1900D operation had lost $1 million a month for the past two years or the equivalent of $26 per one way passenger journey, … [Read more...]

Queenstown named NZ major airport of the year

AECOM Technical Director Trevor Hipkins (left) presents the award to Queenstown Airport CEO Scott Paterson. (Queenstown Airport)

Queenstown has been named New Zealand's major airport of the year in recognition of its efforts to secure evening flights into the popular tourist hotspot. The award was presented to Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott Paterson at the 2014 New Zealand Airports Association annual conference. NZ Airports noted Queenstown Airport’s coordinated, structured industry … [Read more...]

Formal handover for first RNZAF T-6Cs

A RNZAF T-6C receives a fire service water canon salute. (RNZAF)

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has formally accepted its first Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers in a ceremony held at RNAZAF Ohakea on Friday afternoon. So far four of the 11 T-6Cs on order for the RNZAF have been delivered, with the remaining seven aircraft due to be delivered in batches through until mid-2015. The formal handover of the first aircraft marks the … [Read more...]