Air New Zealand Extends New Non-Stop Service between Vancouver and Auckland



    In Response to Increased Demand, Canadians will soon fly direct to New
Zealand All Year-Round

    EL SEGUNDO, CALIF., June 11 /CNW/ - Air New Zealand today announced that
its new non-stop service between Vancouver, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand
will now operate year-round, offering additional flights to those newly
scheduled for the peak travel season. The increase comes in response to the
strong demand from customers eager to fly directly to New Zealand.

    Early this year, Air New Zealand announced that its new non-stop route
between Vancouver and Auckland would be available from November 2007 through
March 2008, to coincide with the busiest travel season between the two
countries. Since the announcement, forward bookings have been very strong,
prompting the airline to extend the offer, making the service available
year-round.

    "New Zealand has always been a popular destination choice for Canadians,"
said Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand Vice President - the Americas. "Since our
announcement of the new route in February, we've been inundated with inquiries
about traveling outside of the seasonal schedule. With such great demand, it
seemed logical to give customers what they wanted."

    With the launch of the year-round non-stop service, Air New Zealand will
provide three non-stop flights each week between Vancouver and Auckland during
the months of November through March and July through August. The service will
be available twice-weekly for the remaining months of the year; offering
Canadians access to a variety of experiences throughout the seasons.

    "We anticipate our Canadian customers will appreciate that the service is
a fast and convenient route to many Australian destinations too," said
Poulton.

    The new route reduces travel time to a little over 14 hours, whereas
previous itineraries from Vancouver to New Zealand totalled an average of 20
hours. Customers will enjoy a direct flight aboard Air New Zealand's new fleet
of Boeing 777-200ERs, featuring lie-flat beds, vast entertainment options and
award-winning food and wine. Star Alliance partner Air Canada will also be
code sharing on this service.

    About Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any
other airline, including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles and
(starting November 02) Vancouver to New Zealand, as well as Los Angeles
non-stop to Fiji, the Cook Islands and Samoa. Other popular destinations
include Australia, China, Japan and Tonga. In addition to flying non-stop
LA-London, Air New Zealand's newest route, between London and Hong Kong, now
allows customers to fly round-the-world on one airline. Consistently rated
among the world's best international airlines, Air New Zealand's most recent
accolades include recognition by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice
Awards, the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards and Business Traveler
Magazine. United Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's
Aeroplan members earn and redeem mileage on select flights. Both flight and
vacation essentials can now be booked on AirNewZealand.com, where the lowest
online airfares are not always guaranteed. Flight and vacation bookings can
also be made by calling 1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in
Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Air New Zealand Karen Laugesen, 310-648-7039
karen.laugesen@airnz.com or Cohn & Wolfe Allison Schwartz / Angelina Duran
310-967-2978 / 310-967-2907 allison_schwartz@cohnwolfe.com
angelina_duran@cohnwolfe.com

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