Air New Zealand to reward customers after announcing sky-high profit

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There’s no excuse not see these amazing places in New Zealand now that Air New Zealand is offering cheap domestic flights. Source: Shutterstock

DESPITE Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon describing 2018 as “a really tough year” for the airline, Air New Zealand has just reported pre-tax earnings of US$360 million (NZ$540 million).

The profit is the second highest in the company’s history but they’re not keeping it all for themselves.

On top of giving all permanent staff who are not currently on short-term incentive programs a US$1,200 (NZ$1,800) bonus, the airline has also announced it will be investing US$100 million (NZ$150 million) to enhance customer experiences from the airport lounges to the onboard cabin.

Air New Zealand is also pledging to offer cheaper domestic fares over the next year.

“One of the benefits of a growing Air New Zealand is more opportunities than ever for Kiwis to snap up a bargain,” Luxon said in a video statement.

“In 2019, we will offer more than 2.9 million seats for travel in New Zealand for under NZ$100 (US$66).”

Air New Zealand’s new direct services between Chicago and Taipei will be starting in November.

Come December, Air New Zealand’s flyers will also be able to board regular services to Brisbane from both Wellington and Queenstown and hop on a new third daily service between Auckland and Singapore.

Air New Zealand 777 plane. Source: Shutterstock

Cheaper and more frequent domestic flights mean more trips around New Zealand in the coming year.

Whether you’re a local or a traveler who wants to make the most of every country they go to, this is the perfect way to see the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Here are a few places dotted around New Zealand’s three main islands to inspire you to see this beautiful nation in all its glory.

Milford Sound

Deep within the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand’s South Island is Milford Sound which was once described by Rudyard Kipling as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

The nearest airport Air New Zealand flies into is Queenstown and Milford Sound is just a three-hour drive from there.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

On North Island, glowworms illuminate the Waitomo Caves making for a spectacular sight.

Visitors can take a guided boat ride across the cave’s three different levels and catacombs.

The nearest airport to the caves is Auckland and should only take around two hours by car to reach.

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is pretty much the end of the Earth. It is one of the most southern islands in the world which is permanently inhabited.

The island is known for its unhurried way of life and abundance of natural beauty. Stewart Island comes to life in the summer, when ferries and flights are plentiful.

Although Air New Zealand doesn’t fly directly to Stewart Island, you can take a ferry from Bluff or a small plane from Invercargill Airport.

Franz Josef Glacier

Towering over the small town of Franz Josef in South Island is the Franz Josef Glacier.

You can take a leisurely hike up the glacier with a guide, try your hand at ice climbing, or get dropped off on top by a helicopter in true James Bond style.

Air New Zealand flies into Hokitika Airport which is only an hour’s drive from Franz Josef Glacier.