Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand halts shark fin flights after environmental pressure

NZ Airline rethinks stance on shark fin

Air New Zealand has followed Cathay Pacific's example and stopped carrying shark fin after environmental campaigners discovered the airline was flying the cargo to Hong Kong. The airline - which prides itself on its image as an environmentally conscious carrier - took the step after admitting to bringing at least two cargoes of shark fin sourced from Fiji to Hong Kong in the past eight months.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 9:02am

Business Digest, November 7, 2012

MTR Corp signs subway deal with Beijing Metro

Office unit sales hit 19-month high

7 Nov 2012 - 3:36am

Air New Zealand axes Hong Kong-London route

Air New Zealand  says the Hong Kong-London route will not be profitable in the foreseeable future. Photo: Reuters

Air New Zealand is to axe its Hong Kong-London service, with the loss of 70 jobs, and introduce a code-share with Cathay Pacific on the Auckland-Hong Kong route.

The moves come as the airline attempts to stem losses on its long-haul flights, which contributed to a 12 per cent fall in profit for the year to June 30.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:13pm

Putting fun into travel

Many frequent business travellers enjoy airline lounges offering free Wi-fi and a spread of food and drinks, where they can work for a few hours until their flight departs.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Big deal

If you can't decide where to go for your next holiday, Air New Zealand has a new round-the-world fare from HK$10,800. The fare allows travellers to visit up to four continents and nine countries and is for travel from Hong Kong until February 28, 2010. The fare is for flights travelling around the world via London, Los Angeles and Auckland (or vice versa) and returning to Hong Kong.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

fare trading

The only people I know who visit high-street travel agents are eightysomethings and skinflints keen to exploit a 'won't-be-beaten-on-price' guarantee after finding a hot online deal. Small wonder; an agent charges a service fee and tries to maximise the cost while tapping the same websites as everyone else - only secretively, in a magisterial manner, from behind a desk.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Personal touch to give carrier the edge

Most seasoned business travellers find themselves indebted to the initiative and connections of a good hotel concierge. Now that kind of personalised service, previously available only on the ground, can be called on in the sky.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Getting there

Cathay Pacific (2747 1888; and Air New Zealand (2862 8988; operate direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Flying time is about 11 to 15 hours.


20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Air NZ to launch HK to London service

Air New Zealand is to join the crowded skies between Hong Kong and London this autumn when it becomes the fifth full-service airline to offer daily flights on the route.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Air NZ faces $240m tax bill for HK deals

The Inland Revenue Department has slapped a HK$240 million tax bill on Air New Zealand for transactions conducted through a locally registered shelf company.

23 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

SIA beats estimates with $2.7b profit

Singapore Airlines' (SIA) net profit fell 61.1 per cent to S$632 million (about HK$2.73 billion) and revenue dropped 5.1 per cent to S$9.44 billion for the year to March, with disastrous overseas investments, the global economic slowdown and the September 11 attacks on the United States taking a heavy toll.

18 May 2002 - 12:00am

Ansett adds sparkle

Ansett has re-launched its Diamond Fare for over-60s travelling to Australia. For only $3,700, passengers over the age of 60 can take a return trip to Sydney with special add-on fares to other cities within Australia. The fare, which is available until May 31, is valid for 14 days, rising to $5,200 for a round-trip ticket open for 60 days.

29 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Travel agents cashing in on 'pink dollar'

THE travel industry is starting to target Hong Kong's gay community as the holiday business hones in on the 'pink dollar'.

Getaway packages and airline discounts are on offer to gay couples as the industry seeks to embrace a cash-rich sector of the community that is shedding its traditional taboos.

8 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Breaks do not come by 'lady luck' alone

Australia has been known as the 'lucky country'. But capturing a slice of local markets also requires the attribute of a 'clever country' and the Business Innovation Award is in recognition for those who have made a 'significant business breakthrough' over the past year.

15 Oct 1998 - 12:00am


Qantas, Ansett and Cathay Pacific offer competitive deals on routes to Australia with trips to Sydney providing the perfect jump-off point for an east coast golf tour. Simply disembark, get a hire car and follow the Pacific Highway north.

Australian hire car rates are not cheap by international standards but the falling value of the local dollar makes them more affordable.

31 Aug 1998 - 12:00am