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All about Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has been connecting Kiwi's across the country since 1940, and were originally called 'Tasman Empire Airways'. Since 1965 they have been operating under the 'Air New Zealand' name that we know and love today. As the official, flag-carrying airline for New Zealand, the airline operates their major hub out of Auckland, with smaller secondary hubs in Christchurch and Wellington.

Flying to over 20 New Zealand cities, the airline also offers regular flights across the Tasman to Australia, and are extremely important in connecting to the Pacific Islands, with regular flights to Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and more. Further afield, the airline flies direct to the U.S, South America and Asia, and to Europe, Africa and the Middle East utilising their airline partners.

Air New Zealand's fleet currently numbers 114, with another 11 aircraft on order, and includes Boeing 777 and 787's, as well as Airbus A320's. Some of their long-haul aircraft feature the amazing 'skycouch', where passengers are able to convert their seats to a flat bed in Economy. There are a range of flexible fares available, allowing passengers to tailor their ticket to their own specific needs.

They are the recipients of many awards every year, including Tripadvisors 'Best Economy Class in the South Pacific' in 2019 and 'Australasia's Best Airline' at the World Travel Awards in 2018. They are also well known for their often hilarious ads and safety videos, featuring a range of both local and international celebrities.

Where can I catch Air New Zealand flights?

Air New Zealand currently service over 20 cities through New Zealand, across both the North and South Islands.

Internationally, Air New Zealand have an extensive network across the South Pacific, including Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and more. They also fly to South America and the United States (including Canada). They are adding flights through to New York City in late 2020.

With their partner airlines, they also service Europe (London) and Asia (including Japan, Indonesia, China and Vietnam).

Making the most of Air New Zealand Sale Deals

The Air New Zealand sale site 'Grabaseat' regularly has specials which can change daily, including return flights to the U.S from under $800 return, and $9 fares around New Zealand.

They also participate in the annual 'Black Friday' sales, which take place the day after Thanksgiving (late November), as well as Boxing Day (December 26th), Click Frenzy and others. They may also have random sales throughout the year, or destination-specific sales such as USA, Australia, Islands (South Pacific) or across NZ.

You can sign up on their website, or sign up with us - we will let you know any time there is a sale across New Zealand, with any airline.

Air New Zealand Fare Types and Baggage Information

Air New Zealand operate as a low-cost carrier on flights within the South Pacific (including Hawaii), meaning baggage and meals have to be added on to the initial fare price of their cheapest fares. All fares include free tea, coffee or water.

Baggage Allowance and Inclusions

Domestic and flights within the South Pacific (including Honolulu):

  • Economy 'Seat Only' - Includes basic seat, entertainment and 1 x carry on bag up to 7kg
  • Economy 'Seat + Bag' - Includes basic seat, entertainment and 1 x carry on bag up to 7kg + 1 x checked bag up to 23kg
  • Economy 'The Works' - Includes seat, meal, entertainment, 1 x carry on bag up to 7kg + 1 x checked bag up to 23kg (or 2 x checked bag for Honolulu)
  • Economy 'The Works Deluxe' - Includes seat with no-neighbour guarantee, seat, meal, entertainment, 1 x carry on bag up to 7kg + 2 x checked bags up to 23kg
  • Premium Economy - Includes leather seat w/extra leg room, premium menu, entertainment, 2 x carry on bag up to 14kg total (no item larger than 10kg) + 2 x 23kg priority checked bags
  • Business - Includes priority check-in, lounge access, leather seat w/extra leg room, premium menu, entertainment, 2 x carry on bag up to 14kg total (no item larger than 10kg) + 3 x 23kg priority checked bags

International Long-Haul (to North and South America and Canada)
All fares to the Americas include checked baggage, meals and entertainment.

Cabin/Carry on Baggage:

  • Economy - 1 x 7kg
  • Premium Economy/Business - 2 x items up to 14kg total (no single item weighing more than 10g)

Checked Baggage:

  • Economy/Premium Economy - 2 x 23kg
  • Business - 3 x 23kg

Air New Zealand Check-In Information

Online check-in is available for both domestic and international flights (except to Niue) from 24 hours prior to departure. You can check in via their website, or using the Air New Zealand app.

Self service kiosks are also available at all major New Zealand city airports, all major Australian city airports, as well as London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Fiji.

Check in is also available at the airport counter where necessary, with desks opening and 3 hours prior to flight time.

The Air New Zealand Frequent Flyer Program

The Air New Zealand frequent flyer program is called 'Airpoints', which is free to join. As an Airpoints member you'll earn Airpoints Dollars on all eligible Air New Zealand flights, as well as many partner airline and Star Alliance flights.

You are able to redeem these points on flights, OneUp upgrades, rental cars, hotels and even retail purchases.

Other things to know about Air New Zealand

  • Air New Zealand are famous for their ads and safety videos, featuring Dave the Goose and a whole host of celebrities and sports stars, including the All Blacks rugby team, Betty White and Bear Grylls.
  • You can upgrade your booking to the 'skycouch', which turns your row of three seats into a bed. This is ideal for couples or families traveling together on long-haul flights.
  • You can find flights, check in and access your booking using the Air New Zealand app.
  • Air New Zealand are part of the Star Alliance airline group, which includes other airlines like Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. They also have partnerships with United Airlines, and Cathay Pacific, among others.
  • Air New Zealand offer the 'Koru' program, which includes access to airport lounges, priority boarding, VIP seating, extra baggage and more for an annual fee.

How to contact Air New Zealand

Phone from New Zealand: 0800 737 000
Email: via form at

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