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Air NZ 747 forced to return to Auckland airport

An Air New Zealand jet bound for Los Angeles with 365 people on board was forced to return to Auckland last night.

An Air NZ spokeswoman said the pilots returned after seeing a warning indication light illuminate on the flight deck.

The plane, which took off at 7.30pm, returned to Auckland 90 minutes later.

"Following standard procedure a local standby was declared. The aircraft landed without incident," she said.

"Engineers are currently inspecting the aircraft."

Radio New Zealand said the plane crew had reported a hydraulic problem. It said the plane dumped fuel on the way back to Auckland.

David Duignan, who was on the flight, told Radio New Zealand passengers applauded when the plane landed safely.

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Air New Zealand has been named the world's best airline in a customer survey by UK consumer magazine Which?
 

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[textarea]Air New Zealand Demands Overturning the Auckland Ltd. Deal

Auckland International Airport Limited’s (AIAL) transaction of Queensland Airport is causing more trouble than before.

Air New Zealand is chastising the whole deal, as well as its poles, claiming the rights of the airline Companies to similarly invest in Queensland Airport. Prior the deal being sealed, Air New Zealand accused Commerce Commission of putting AIAL’s benefits above the public’s benefits.

Recently, the airline demanded the Commerce Commission to reconsider the deal, in order to avoid the monopoly in the aviation business market.

On the other side, by the 8th of July, Auckland Airport announced that the 24.99 % shares, which the Company holds in Queenstown Airport, might increase to reach 30% or even 35% by the end of June 2011.

Tony Frankham, Auckland International Airport Chairman, stated, "This marks a further significant step in Auckland Airports plans to grow travel, trade and tourism between New Zealand and the rest of the world".

As a reply, Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand Group General Manager Australasia, announced that the moment airlines started investing in New Zealand airports, sustainable “tourism infrastructure strength” will be granted, and consequently, a strong aviation stock market will be introduced.

Mr. Parton also added that all the New Zealand airlines are committed to one cause, which is improving Queenstown airlines services, and ensuring that this improvement will last decades after.

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ANZ sign codeshare with Virgin Atlantic

Air New Zealand has signed a codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic that will allow its passengers to book on a number of Virgin Atlantic services. It also offers connectivity for Virgin Atlantic customers to New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

ANZ passengers will be able to book on Virgin Atlantic flights between Heathrow Airport and San Francisco and between Hong Kong and Sydney for connecting journeys. The two airlines expect the codeshare to come into force on February 28 after obtaining the relevant government approvals.

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Air New Zealand has 'no intention' of dropping UK route


Air New Zealand has admitted it may have to “adjust capacity” on its loss-making routes from the UK but said it is committed to flying on the route.

The kiwi flag-carrier operates from Auckland to London via both Hong Kong and Los Angeles. But its international services have been losing NZ$1 million every month and cutbacks were expected.

According to local reports, Air New Zealand will continue to operate its London services although capacity cuts (use of smaller planes or less frequent flights) are not being ruled out in order to cope with a decline in visitor numbers.

CEO Rob Fyfe said in a letter to staff: “It’s no secret that we are struggling to make London profitable, just as our competitors are also struggling in this task, not just with London but on most ultra long-haul routes.

“We have no current intention of withdrawing our presence from any market we serve but it does mean adjusting capacity to meet demand where appropriate.”

Air New Zealand rosters one of its new and larger B777-300ERs for the daily flight via Los Angeles. The five times a week service via Hong Kong is flown by a smaller B777-200.

Whereas the B777-300ER is equipped with the carrier’s latest inflight products, the B777-200 comes with older style seating. It is unclear whether or not or when the latter aircraft type will be retrofitted with the new seating which would include wider Premium Economy seating and the Skycouch in economy class.

The UK remains the second largest source of visitors to New Zealand after Australia.


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It's a tough market.

For example, when I've flown to Australia with Emirates from the UK with a change at Dubai the flight from Dubai to Melbourne goes on to Auckland, as do at least two other daily EK flights to Oz from DXB so far as I can remember.
 

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If any of them they will cut back it will be the LHR-HKG-ACL route i don't think they will cut the daily flight via los angeles, they carry a lot of passengers between LA and London, aswell as LA to Auckland.
 

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