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Author: Steve Biddle

UPDATE: Air New Zealand about to be hit with further Dreamliner issues

UPDATE 21/04/2018 Global Rolls-Royce engine issue – Air New Zealand update three   Air New Zealand has now completed the engine checks required this week as part of a global inspection of some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. European aviation regulator EASA issued a directive requiring operators of a type of Trent 1000 engine known as ‘Package C’ to carry out earlier than usual maintenance checks on a specific part of the engine compressor. As a result of the checks two Air New Zealand 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will be temporarily removed from service while engines undergo maintenance work at a...

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Singapore Airlines tops the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards

Singapore Airlines has come out tops in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards. The airline has been named the best airline in the world by the site. Air New Zealand followed in second place, along with being named the best airline in the South Pacific region. Air New Zealand's Premium Economy was also named as the world's best Premium Economy product offering. The best First class was awarded to Singapore Airlines, best Business class to Etihad, and best Economy class to Singapore Airlines. The top 10 best airlines in the world as ranked by TripAdvisor in their 2018 Travellers' Choice Awards are...

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Air New Zealand unveils new winter domestic main trunk changes

Air New Zealand has this week rolled out significant changes to its domestic schedules on main trunk Auckland-Christchurch and Wellington-Christchurch routes over the coming winter months. Widebody Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft are being deployed on the Auckland-Christchurch route to free up Airbus A320 aircraft. On the Wellington-Christchurch route additional Airbus A320 services are operating to free up ATR72-600 aircraft. New Air New Zealand schedules show up to 7x weekly NZ597/NZ594 return services operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with the service occasionally being substituted with a Boeing 777-200ER service operating as NZ596/NZ597. These services replace existing...

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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia end their Trans Tasman Alliance

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have announced their Trans Tasman Alliance will end in October 2018. Both airlines joined together in 2010 and formed an alliance for all Trans Tasman services between New Zealand and Australia that saw both airlines split their routes. The partnership also saw Virgin code-share flights on Air New Zealand domestic services, and Air New Zealand code-share services on Virgin Australia domestic services.  In September 2013 the original Alliance was extended for another five years. The relationship between both airlines has been a rocky one in recent years - Air New Zealand at one...

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ANZ scraps foreign ATM fees for NZ customers

One of the biggest hassles for many people while travelling is money. I'm a firm believer in using credit cards for as many thing as possible while outside New Zealand, but many countries are still very cash driven, meaning that carrying cash is still essential. For the convenience of using a foreign ATM to withdraw cash while overseas, your bank will typically charge somewhere between $3 - $7.50 and a foreign exchange conversion fee of up to 2.5% From the 26th March 2018 ANZ have ditched the $5 fee for using foreign ATM machines. All foreign ATM transactions now...

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