Air New Zealand originated in 1940 when its forerunner airline, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) - a flying boat company operating trans-Tasman flights between New Zealand and Australia, was incorporated. In October 1953 TEAL became jointly owned by the New Zealand and Australian Governments, and in April 1961 the New Zealand Government assumed full ownership and renamed it into Air New Zealand in 1965. At that time, Air New Zealand was operating solely international services. In 1978, Air New Zealand and NAC (National Airways Corporation – the primary operator of domestic air services, established by government in 1947) merged, forming the first New Zealand carrier to offer both international and domestic services. The airline was largely privatised in 1989 to a consortium comprising of Brierley Investments, Qantas, Japan Airlines and American Airlines. In September 1996, Air New Zealand announced a conditional agreement to purchase 50% of Ansett Holdings but this resulted in the return of the company to majority government ownership in 2001 after a failed tie up with Ansett Australia (when Ansett suffered financial issues and folded operations during that year).
About the airline
Air New Zealand Limited is the national airline and flag carrier of New Zealand. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, It is currently the only airline to circumnavigate the world. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance global airline alliance, since 1999. The airline"s main hub is Auckland Airport, located near Mangere in the southern part of the Auckland urban area. Air New Zealand has four wholly owned subsidiary airlines: Air Nelson, Eagle Airways, Mount Cook Airline and Zeal 320.
Air New Zealand was rated the eighth best airline in the world by Skytrax in 2009, and awarded Airline of the Year in 2010 by the Air Transport World Global Airline Awards.
The airline operates scheduled passenger flights to 26 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations in 15 countries (Australia, Niue, Samoa, China, Hong Kong, United States, Fiji, New Caledonia, France, Tonga, Japan, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Canada). Air New Zealand"s route network focuses on Australia and the South Pacific, with long-haul services to Asia, Europe and North America.
Operating fleet includes: 4 Boeing 747-400, 4 Boeing 777-300ER, 8 Boeing 777-200ER, 5 Boeing 767-300ER, 12 Airbus A320-Domestic, 14 Boing 737-300, 11 ATR 72-500, 23 Q300 and 18 Beech 1900D
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The cheapest flights offered by Air New Zealand is for the route Flights from Auckland to Melbourne, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Hamilton to Melbourne which takes 6h 27m.
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