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Author: Steve Biddle

Air New Zealand recommences sales of The Works tickets on Virgin Australia flights

Air New Zealand have recommenced selling The Works fares on trans Tasman flights flown by alliance partner Virgin Australia. Both airlines formed an alliance to fly between New Zealand and Australia in 2011. Flights are shared between both airlines, however some routes such as Wellington to Brisbane are operated exclusively by Virgin Australia. As part of the alliance both airlines had to align their product offerings on flights. Both airlines offered a seat only fare, a seat and bag fare, and a fully inclusive offering marketed as The Works by Air New Zealand. On Air New Zealand services The...

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Air New Zealand announces Wellington International Koru lounge refurbishment

Air New Zealand has announced their Wellington International Koru lounge will be closed for a refurbishment from 30th October 2017. The lounge is due to open again on the 29th November 2017. In 2015 Air New Zealand announced a four year NZ$100 million upgrade of lounges. This has meant a new flagship international lounge in Auckland, new lounges for Brisbane, Melbourne, Fiji and Perth. Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill and Palmerston North have all seen lounge refurbishments and Wellington has received a new regional lounge in addition to its existing domestic lounge. Customers flying on Air New Zealand and Singapore...

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Airpoints customers earn triple Airpoints Dollars at Z this weekend

Z Energy are currently offering triple Airpoints Dollars on all fuel purchases this weekend for Air New Zealand Airpoints customers. The promotion runs from 12am Friday 29th September until 6am Monday 2nd October. Z normally offer APD1 per NZ$100 spend with no minimum purchase - which means if you're filling up with a fairly typical NZ$75 spend on fuel that you'll earn APD0.75c. The promotion this weekend will increase this to APD2.25 on a NZ$75 fuel spend. While the promotion may sound appealing it's worth noting that Z offer no fuel discounts to Airpoints customers. Fly Buys customers at...

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Air New Zealand one step closer to launching inflight WiFi

Air New Zealand is one step closer to its goal of launching inflight WiFi with the arrival of Boeing 777-300ER ZK-OKS (MSN 44547) back to New Zealand from Singapore later this week after a month long refit. This aircraft is the first in their fleet to be fitted with on-board WiFi. The aircraft is the latest of its Boeing 777-300ER fleet to undergo a refit in Singapore that also includes new seating throughout the plane, an upgrade from Panasonic's eX2 to eX3 Inflight Entertainment system (IFE), and the removal of the Premium Economy Spaceseat. Air New Zealand have opted for...

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Flight Review – Singapore Airlines SQ291/292 from Wellington(WLG) to Canberra (CBR)

A few weeks ago I made an impulse decision to fly to Canberra for the weekend on Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines began flying from Wellington to Singapore via Canberra in September 2016 in what marked the first direct longhaul service connecting Asia and Wellington. It also marked the first scheduled international service from Canberra after an upgrade of its terminal to support international flights. Due to the short length of Wellington airport's runway it was the first time a regular scheduled Boeing 777 service has operated from Wellington airport. As the aircraft can refuel in Canberra, it's able to...

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