When all 15 newly ordered aircraft have been delivered, by 2020, Air New Zealand will operate 29 ATR 72-600s. This will be the third-largest fleet of ATR aircraft worldwide, according to ATR.

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A strong Paris Air Show 2015 for turboprop regional-airliner manufacturer ATR has continued on June 16, with ATR announcing orders and other commitments from three customers for another 42 aircraft.

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Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch non-stop service between Auckland and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for alliance partner United Airlines, in mid-December.

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Air China has announced two moves which would considerably increase its presence on routes between China and the two largest nations of Australasia, Australia and New Zealand.

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The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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The airline announced it would introduce the Airbus A380 on the route following approval on August 7 from New Zealand’s Minister of Transport for SIA’s proposed antitrust-immunized alliance with Air New Zealand on routes between the two island nations.

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The New Zealand Minister of Transport has approved Air New Zealand’s proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines. This clearance represents the New Zealand regulatory approval needed for Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to proceed in creating the alliance.

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A day before its delivery flight, I went onboard Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 – the first 787-9 delivered to any customer and also the first long-haul jet painted in Air New Zealand’s glossy black ‘All Black’ theme livery – to see for myself the innovative new cabin-interior features the airline had installed.

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Air New Zealand placed a firm order on June 2 for three Airbus A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo single-aisle jets. On the same day, Delta Air Lines placed a follow-on order for 15 more Airbus A321 current-engine option (ceo) jets to add to 30 it had previously ordered.

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Boeing has rolled out of the Everett paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner for delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier’s new-look livery. The Boeing 787-9, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the official New Zealand Fern Mark.

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A United Airlines service from Chicago landing early on the morning of June 4 will be the first flight to use London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. United Airlines will be alone for two weeks as the first user of the new Terminal 2 main building.

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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance which will enable Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time.

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Star Alliance has released the first official images of its new premium-class lounge in the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The new Star Alliance lounge will open later this year, when the redesigned and expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal opens.

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Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets, at a ceremony during the 50th Le Bourget Paris Air Show.

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Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600, which is painted in a striking all-black livery featuring New Zealand’s national fern emblem, as part of the airline’s support for New Zealand’s famous national rugby union team, the All Blacks.

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The Star Alliance is to replace its existing premium-class and frequent-flyer lounge at Los Angeles International Airport with a new lounge in the redeveloped Tom Bradley International Terminal. Air New Zealand will design and manage the new lounge, which is set to open in May 2013.

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Subject to a final contract being signed, manufacturer ATR Regional Aircraft values the Air New Zealand deal at more than $270 million at list prices, including the optioned aircraft. Air New Zealand will receive its first 68-seat ATR72-600 in October 2012, with deliveries continuing to 2016.

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Air Lease Corporation has received its first new A320 ordered from Airbus and is leasing the aircraft to Air New Zealand, which has designed a special All Blacks livery for the new aircraft as part of its ‘Crazy About Rugby’ campaign.

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Air New Zealand intends to use its first three 777-300ERs to operate between Auckland, Los Angeles and London beginning in April 2011.

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