26 April 2010
Earlier this year the Auckland, N.Z.-based carrier was named ‘Airline of the Year’ by leading international airline magazine Air Transport World and has recently unveiled the revolutionary ‘skycouch’ concept for long-haul travel.
Tourism New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Tim Hunter said the win was an outstanding achievement for Air New Zealand and will enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a leading visitor destination.
"New Zealanders know Air New Zealand is a world-class airline committed to innovation, customer care and environmental protection. This award will reinforce to international travellers that our national carrier is among the world’s best."
Air Transport World judges acknowledged Air New Zealand’s sound financial performance during what has been a difficult year for the industry. They also recognised the organisation’s innovative use of technology, cutting edge customer service and commitment to environmental research and protection.
"As most of our international visitors travel to New Zealand by air, it is a huge advantage for a country like New Zealand to be served by an airline that is recognised as offering a top quality service," Hunter said.
Recently Air New Zealand’s chief executive Rob Fyfe unveiled the airline’s unique (and trademarked) ‘economy skycouch’ concept, a product of intensive and secret design and testing.
The new lie-flat options feature an innovative business premier ‘skybed’, premium economy ‘spaceseat’ in a 2-2-2 configuration and a fold-down economy ‘skycouch’, which allows passengers to purchase the middle seat in a row of three and create a fully flat bed for two.