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Air New Zealand ships cookies and treats to essential workers

written by Adam Thorn | April 27, 2020

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Air New Zealand has donated more than 52,000 in-flight snacks to local essential workers (Air New Zealand)

It was probably the last thing on anyone’s mind when the airline announced huge capacity cuts and redundancies due to the coronavirus crisis: what to do with all the excess in-flight snacks?

Air New Zealand, though, has seized the initiative, shipping 52,000 treats, including 190 boxes of Cookie Times and One Square Meal bars, to essential workers in police stations, hospital and charities.

Boxes also made their way to social enterprises organisations such as Eat My Lunch, KidsCan, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Women’s Refuge, Refugees as Survivors New Zealand and Everybody Eats.

On 2 April, Australian Aviation reported that Air New Zealand has reduced its domestic services by 95 per cent from pre-coronavirus levels, operating just 43 return flights per week.

Previously, the carrier would have operated more than 400 domestic flights every day.


However, last week, the airline did add a handful more flights to reflect the country’s move from “level 4” to “level 3” coronavirus restrictions, published below.


Auckland-Christchurch (A320)

  • 2x return services Mon-Sat
  • 1x return service Sun

Auckland-Wellington (A320)

  • 1x return service Mon-Sun

Auckland-Tauranga (Q300)

  • 3x return service Tues/Thurs/Fri

Auckland-Napier (Q300)

  • 3x return service Tues/Thurs/Fri

Wellington-Christchurch (Q300, ATR)

  • 2x return services Mon-Fri
  • 1x return service Sat/Sun

Wellington-Nelson (Q300)

  • 1x return service Mon-Wed
  • 2x return service Thurs/Fri

Christchurch-Dunedin (ATR)

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