Trade and enterprise
For New Zealand businesses to succeed, global connectivity is critical. Our network – domestic and international – provides New Zealand business with access to key markets supporting a prosperous and growing New Zealand.
In 2016 we experienced 16% growth in our long haul international network, enabling enhanced global connectivity for New Zealanders and international visitors. We launched three new international services: Buenos Aires, Ho Chi Minh City and Houston, and now fly direct to 30 destinations throughout the world.
Cargo is a crucial part of our offering and is important to New Zealand’s high value export chain. We carry more than 35% of airfreighted exports from New Zealand and our networks give access to 120 destinations to our exporters and importers so that New Zealand can sell to and import product from almost any point on the globe.
Showcasing New Zealand
We are passionate about New Zealand food and our culinary team is proud to work alongside award-winning chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith on the design of our Business Class menus, to bring distinct dishes on-board. We are committed to promoting home-grown wines and showcasing New Zealand as a destination for wine tourism. We are proudly one of the country's biggest servers of New Zealand wine, serving 100% New Zealand wine on board (except sparkling wine) and we are celebrating thirty years of sponsorship of the New Zealand Wine Awards this year. In 2016 we supported 65 cabin crew members with training with Villa Maria wine experts to become wine specialists, identified by a black apron with the distinction of 'Wine Specialist' embroidered on the front. In September 2016 we introduced inflight entertainment content to inspire and educate our customers about New Zealand wine and launched "Fine Wines of New Zealand" in our Business Premier cabins.