Air New Zealand is the national flag carrier of New Zealand and based in Auckland. It operates domestic and international flights providing air passenger and cargo transport services within New Zealand, as well as to and from Australia, the South West Pacific, Asia, North America and the United Kingdom. Its passengers flights reaches 25 domestic destinations and 26 international destiantions across 15 countries. Air New Zealand was founded back in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), which was a flying boat company operating trans-Tasman flights between New Zealand and Australia. The company TEAL, in 1965, became completely owned by the New Zealand government, when its name was changed to Air New Zealand. Up until 1978, the airline predominantly served international routes, until the government merged with the domestic-orientated New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) when one single airline was created under the name Air New Zealand. Despite being largely privatised in 1989, after failing to bind with the Australian carrier Ansett Australia (because Ansett suffered financial issues and folded operations during the same year), in 2001 the airline returned to majority government ownership. Air New Zealand in 2008, recorded an annual passenger number of 11.7 million.
Air New Zealand cabin luggage information
Depending on your flight ticket, the baggage allowance will vary. Standard bagagge allowance for domestic New Zealand flights includes one piece of checked luggage at a maximum weight of 23kg (50Ibs). Depedning on the ticket purchased you may be entitled to two pieces of checked luggage. The standard allowance for international is the same, although you may be entitled to two or indeed three depending the ticket purchased. Bag drop for international flights closes 60 minutes before scheduled departure and 30 minutes before scheduled departure for domestic New Zealand flights.
If your flight falls into either of the below journey's please be sure to check the airlines' website or your ticket for detailed information on baggage allowance and how it works if your flight
originating in the US or Canada or travel to the US or Canada which is not en route to another country.
to the US or Canada en route to another country with a US or Canadian city shown on the ticket."
News about Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand from mid-December 2015 is adjusting planned operational frequency on Auckland – Los Angeles and Auckland – San Francisco route, as the Star Alliance carrier reducing both service by 1 weekly flight.
Air New Zealand starting 15DEC15 will expand codeshare service with UNITED via Houston, the same day it launches Auckland – Houston nonstop service. NZ code will be placed on following 33 routes operated by UNITED/UNITED Express, flight number range is NZ6300 – 6799.
Later this year Air New Zealand plan to launch a five-times weekly service to Houston. Starting December 15th, the national carrier will operate daily (except Mondays and Saturdays) between Auckland and George Bush Intercontinental airport . Outbound service to depart from Auckland at 1830 and arrive in Houston at 1315, whilst the return service will leave Houston at 2025 and land in Auckland at 0555 two days later.From March 8 2016, the route is planned to operate four times a week (every day apart from Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays), and from March 27th it will run three-times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Check In Services
It is possible to check-in online for both domestic and international flights. Online check-in is available from 24 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time and closes:
30 minutes before domestic New Zealand flights
90 minutes before international flights
If you are travelling with carry on luggage only, then you can miss the queues at the airport and bring your printed boarding pass with a valid travel document to the airport and head straight to your gate. If you check in online you can also select a seat, and purchase pre-paid extra bags if required. Since not all airports accept home printed boarding passes and mobile boarding passes for international flights we recommend to complete your check in at the airport kiosks. Note the boarding passes on the Air NZ mobile app are only accepted for domestic New Zealand flights and outbound flights from New Zealand airports. So on your return flight for example your electronic boarding pass will not be accepted.