Due to the border reopening final yr, Air New Zealand carried 12.3 million clients and operated 152,000 flights throughout its home and worldwide community in 2022. A whopping leap in comparison with 8 million clients and 118,721 flights the earlier yr. “If the year taught us anything it was that Kiwis absolutely love to travel around Aotearoa and overseas visitors have been longing for our borders to reopen,” says Air New Zealand chief buyer and gross sales officer Leanne Geraghty.
“9.4 million customers travelled on our domestic network last year, up from 7.4 million passengers in 2021. With the international border reopening, 2.9 million customers travelled with us compared to half a million in 2021, providing significant and welcome support for Aotearoa’s ongoing tourism industry recovery.”
No surprises that Air New Zealand’s busiest day was 23 December with greater than 55,0000 clients heading off on their vacation break. “With so many customers, there’s a lot of work behind the scenes – our cleaning team cleaned approximately 100,000 aircraft seats every week.” Our crew additionally helped quench clients’ thirst and handed out nearly 4.9 million Cookie Time cookies, 12 million Air New Zealand lollies, and 1.6 million savoury snacks.
Customers additionally loved the following – consuming greater than double the quantity in comparison with 2021:
- 340,454 litres of juice
- 353,748 litres of soppy drink
- 219,900 litres of beer
- 117,308 litres of pink wine
- 53,122 litres of Chardonnay
- 62,309 litres of Sauvignon Blanc
- 5,341 litres of Whiskey
- 810,875 crackers
And it’s not only a cookie and a cuppa that’s a match made in heaven, so too is the airline’s continued concentrate on sustainability. Last yr, the airline introduced 4 world-leading innovators have partnered with Air New Zealand to work on Mission Next Gen Aircraft to ship the airline’s first zero emissions demonstrator flight in 2026. It was a busy yr, particularly for the airline’s cargo operation, with Air New Zealand carrying 114,000 tonnes of cargo throughout our worldwide and home networks.
- 13,250 tonnes of recent produce (largest portions being capsicums, blueberries, cherries, avocados, tomatoes)
- 5,800 tonnes of chilled meat (lamb, beef, hen)
- 3,100 tonnes of chilled salmon
- 1,400 tonnes of lobster
- 5,700 tonnes of different seafood (fish, clams, tuna, mussels, oysters)
Air New Zealand helped transport 11,234 pets domestically and internationally final yr. And not simply the furry type however birds, guinea pigs, lizards, rabbits, reptiles and even a frog and a turtle. Last yr Air New Zealand additionally welcomed again 5 of its Boeing 777s and launched two new A321neos into its fleet, including an additional 100,000 seats per plane including extra capability to its home community.
To maintain plane working easily, the Engineering and Maintenance workforce performed 60 heavy upkeep checks in Christchurch, 130 A checks in Auckland (a calendar-based inspection course of the place technicians change filters, examine, and lubricate vital programs) and there have been 3,900 in a single day mild upkeep works carried out.
Chief buyer and gross sales officer Leanne Geraghty says 2022 was an extremely busy yr with the border reopening. The airline restarted 24 worldwide providers – 14 of these throughout a 16-day interval – and launched its new flagship service, NZ1, to New York. “I’m incredibly proud of the Air New Zealand team of 10,500, including the 2,200 new employees we brought on board throughout 2022 and all that’s been achieved last year. Things are certainly looking up for 2023 and we’re looking forward to carrying more customers, continuing to relocate native wildlife, transporting cargo, launching our winter route to Bali and everything in between!”