[Worldkings – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones in 83 years of development of Air New Zealand, one of the world's top airlines (1940)


(worldkings.org) Air New Zealand Limited is the flag carrier airline of New Zealand.

Based in Auckland, the airline operates scheduled passenger flights to 20 domestic and 30 international destinations in 18 countries, primarily around and within the Pacific Rim.

As of November 2023, Air New Zealand operates 108 aircraft. The jet fleet consists of 56 aircraft. airline's turboprop fleet operates regional domestic services and consists of 52 aircraft.

Known for its distinctive koru logo, the airline is recognized for its commitment to safety, innovation, and customer service. With a fleet of modern aircraft, Air New Zealand plays a crucial role in facilitating travel and tourism, contributing to the transportation infrastructure of New Zealand and beyond.

(Wowtimes)Air New Zealand’sHistory andAchievements

  • 1940: Air New Zealand began its operations using Short Empire flying boats on trans-Tasman routes under the name TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited).
  • 1945: TEAL operated weekly services from Auckland to Sydney, also adding Wellington and Fiji to its destinations.
  • 1965: TEAL became Air New Zealand after the New Zealand Government purchased Australia’s 50% stake in the carrier
  • 1978: the domestic airline National Airways Corporation (NAC) and its subsidiary Safe Air were merged into Air New Zealand to form a single national airline
  • 1982: service to London was introduced.
  • 1989: Air New Zealand was privatized
  • 1999: The airline has been a member of the Star Alliance.
  • 2001: Air New Zealand was re-nationalized by New Zealand government
  • 2002: Air New Zealand changed its domestic operations under a low-cost airline business plan
  • 2010: The airline introduced a new service that allowed Air New Zealand’s customers to use their iPhone, Blackberry, and other mobile phones to safely send and receive emails and text messages during their flights.
  • 2013: Air New Zealand has been named of the top three airlines in the world from a safety perspective.
  • 2016: at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, Air New Zealand continued its domination of the Premium Economy category, winning World’s Best Premium Economy Class for the fifth time and World’s Best Premium Economy Class Seat, and coming second in the Best Premium Economy Class Airline Catering category.
  • 2018: Air New Zealand won the Best Premium Economy Class award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, the global benchmark of airline excellence.
  • 2019: Air New Zealand announced a new era for its international network, accelerating its ambitions for North America with the launch of a non-stop service between Auckland and New York
  • 2020: Air New Zealand won an award "Best airline in Airline Excellence Awards 2020" carried out by AirlineRatings.com
  • 2023: Air New Zealand won AirlineRatings.com's Airline of the Year for 2023

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