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Irate Captain Locks Out Co-Pilot in Mid-Flight

Air New Zealand captain unhappy about tarmac delay, airline says

(Newser) - An unhappy pilot got back at his first officer the way mature adults do—by locking him out of the cabin in mid-flight, according to an Air New Zealand official. The captain on a flight from Perth, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, apparently held a grudge after the first officer... More »

Airline Changes Coach to 'Cuddle Class'

Couples can book a row and sleep

(Newser) - It’s not “economy” seating—it’s “cuddle class.” That’s the genius innovation cooked up by Air New Zealand, which is fitting its Boeing 777s with new “Skycouches,” rows of three regular seats that can convert into something vaguely resembling a bed. (Aol has... More »

New Zealand Sniggers at Princess Anne 'Loaf' Hair

She kneads makeover help fast

(Newser) - Ouch. The subjects are getting uppity. New Zealanders are having a good laugh at what a local fashion designer has dubbed the "cottage loaf hair" of visiting Brit Princess Anne. And that's not all. The princes is also "boring as bat," in the parlance of New Zealand,... More »

Air New Zealand Offers Beds in Coach

3-seat 'Skycouch' designed for couples, families

(Newser) - Beds in the sky aren't just for first and business-class passengers any more, says Air New Zealand. The airline unveiled its new "Skycouch" seat design today, which allows couples or passengers with children to turn three seats into a bed by lifting armrests and a footrest. Passengers buying the... More »

Airline Uses Naked Staff for In-Flight Safety Vid

'Bare Essential of Safety' also a viral video hit

(Newser) - After a marketing campaign featuring staff in body-paint facsimiles of their uniforms, Air New Zealand is applying its revealing approach to the in-flight safety video as well, the New Zealand Herald reports. “The Bare Essentials of Safety” aims to recapture the attention of passengers who often ignore the mandatory... More »

Airline Pitches the Really Friendly Skies

Let-it-all-hang-out Air New Zealand won't nickel-and-dime you

(Newser) - To tout its distaste for hidden fees, Air New Zealand is mounting a tasteful display—of nudity. The airline's new commercial features employees wearing nothing but body paint, the Boston Globe reports. The campaign, called “Nothing to Hide,” touts the now-antiquated practice of providing meals and not charging... More »

Jumbo Jet Flies on Veggie Oil

Boeing 747 powered by biofuel

(Newser) - A Boeing 747 powered by a mixture of aviation fuel and vegetable oil flew on a two-hour test flight which is being hailed as a technological and ecological milestone. The Air New Zealand passenger jet was powered in part by oil from the jatropha plant, reports the BBC. More »

7-Person Air New Zealand Flight Crashes Off France

Airbus A320 was on a training mission over Mediterranean

(Newser) - Three bodies have been recovered after an Air New Zealand jet with seven aboard crashed into the Mediterranean today, AFP reports. The Airbus A320—which can carry about 150 passengers—was on a test flight when it went down off the coast of the French city of Perpignan. Five on... More »

Airline Stamps Ads on Those Sans Hairline

New Zealand Air placing ads on bald billboards

(Newser) - Air New Zealand is launching a new ad campaign on people's heads, reports the Brisbane Times. The airline will pay people $660 to wear temporary tattoos on the back of their shaved heads for two weeks. The ads display changes to the airline's check-in system and direct passengers to the... More »

Racing to Fly With Biofuel

Air New Zealand, Virgin Air plan green commercial flights

(Newser) - Kiwis are planning to launch the first green commercial flight in about a year, the BBC reports. Air New Zealand promises to fly a 747 with 1 of 4 engines running on a kerosene-biofuel blend, but Virgin Atlantic may beat them to it with a bio-flight in early 2008. "... More »

Flying in Style: 10 Best Business Classes

BusinessWeek lists the best upper-atmosphere experiences

(Newser) - With amenities like fully reclining seats, foot-massage parlors, and food that defies even the highest-flying expectations, airline business classes are more like mobile spas then just a way to get from point A to point B. BusinessWeek gives you the 10 best.
  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Cathay Pacific
  3. Qatar Airways
  4. Malaysia Airlines
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