American Airlines plans to launch Dallas/Fort Worth-Auckland and Los Angeles-Christchurch nonstop flights in October 2020.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon says the airline is devastated after one of its engineers was killed in the Christchurch shootings.
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Air New Zealand has cancelled all turboprop services departing from Christchurch airport scheduled for Friday evening in response to the multiple shootings in the city.
A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 came within five metres of leaving the runway after landing at Christchurch Airport because pilots did not configure the aircraft properly for a wet arrival, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says.