Air New Zealand Launches 'Concierge in the Sky Service'



    New service is a world-first feature in international air travel

    EL SEGUNDO, CALIF., December 20 /CNW/ - Air New Zealand is
revolutionizing the international customer travel experience with the
introduction of an in-flight International Airline Concierge service - a first
in the aviation industry. The new service launches in April on Air New
Zealand's Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver to Auckland routes.

    "Air New Zealand will employ up to 90 concierge staff, which will be
dedicated to making every customer journey before, during and after an Air New
Zealand service a special event," said Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand VP
Americas. "There is no other airline in the world offering such a service,
giving Air New Zealand a significant edge over its international competitors."

    The new International Airline Concierge service will offer a combination
of travel advisers, disrupt managers, loyalty and destination experts focusing
on supporting every customer's travel needs. Concierge service staff duties
may include: escorting passengers to and from the aircraft; recommending
"must-do" activities while visiting New Zealand; assisting customers with
onward bookings; supporting customers affected by a weather disruption;
advising passengers on Star Alliance network options; or talking through the
finer points of customers' in-flight wine selections.

    The international recognition of Air New Zealand's world-class long-haul
product has grown in the past two years. During this time, Air New Zealand has
been recognized by Business Traveler magazine for its unique brand of service
as the "Best Airline to the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand." The
recognition prompts the number of customers choosing the airline for services
to, from and within New Zealand. The new concierge service enables the airline
to continue to provide excellent customer service despite increased capacity
challenges.

    "Everyone travelling with us - no matter how full the aircraft - receives
the personal attention they deserve and the advice they need," adds Poulton.
"We're dedicated to finding new ways to deliver our customers with a uniquely
Kiwi experience at every stage of their journey, and the best way to do that
is through our people. Air New Zealanders are our competitive advantage."

    The concierge initiative developed from Air New Zealand cabin crew and
customer feedback captured during the past two years. The initiative is a
natural complement to the airline's award-winning long-haul product and
service. Concierge staff will serve as New Zealand ambassadors, as well as
experts in the regions to which they fly.

    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,
Honolulu, and 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 Los
Angeles-London, Air New Zealand's 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. Flight and
vacation essentials can be booked on AirNewZealand.com or by calling
1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in Canada. Air New Zealand is a
member of the Star Alliance network.

    Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance, which provides
connections to 855 destinations in 155 countries worldwide.




For further information:

For further information: Air New Zealand Sarah Miller-Reeves,
310-659-5380 Smiller-reeves@crt-tanaka.com

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