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MONTHLY: AIR: Air New Zealand Investor Update (Op Stats) - February 2017

21 Mar 2017 11:40NZX
o February market conditions
o Company news
o Operating statistics table

February market conditions
Air New Zealand carried 1,268,000 passengers during the month of February, an
increase of 2.4% compared to the same period last year. Revenue passenger
kilometres (RPKs) were 2.0% higher on a capacity (ASKs) increase of 5.3%.
Group load factors were down 2.6 percentage points overall to 81.6%.

Short Haul passenger numbers increased 2.2%.  In the Domestic market demand
(RPKs) increased by 5.9%, with capacity (ASKs) increasing by 6.4%, due to
increased services on Auckland - Queenstown and the main trunk routes, as
well as growth on the regional routes resulting from up-gauging to larger
aircraft.  Domestic load factor decreased 0.5 percentage points to 83.2%.

Tasman/Pacific demand (RPKs) decreased 2.2% while capacity (ASKs) increased
by 4.1%, due to the up-gauging to larger aircraft on several Pacific Island
routes. Load factor on Tasman/Pacific decreased 4.9 percentage points to
78.1%, as the Tasman routes continue to be impacted by additional market
capacity compared to the prior year.

Long Haul passenger numbers increased 3.1% when compared to February last
year, with demand (RPKs) up 2.9% and capacity (ASKs) up 5.5%. Load factor on
Long Haul routes was 82.8%, down 2.1 percentage points.

On Americas/UK routes, demand (RPKs) decreased by 0.8%, with capacity (ASKs)
decreasing 1.2% due to reduced frequency on the Auckland-Los Angeles route,
partially offset by increased services to Houston and Buenos Aires. Load
factor increased 0.3 percentage points to 83.3%.

On Asia/Japan/Singapore routes, demand (RPKs) increased 9.1%, with capacity
(ASKs) increasing by 17.2%, reflecting additional frequency on the Shanghai
route over the Chinese New Year holiday and the new seasonal service between
Auckland and Osaka. Load factor, although still strong at 82.0%, decreased
6.1 percentage points.

For the financial year to date, Short Haul passenger revenue per ASK (RASK)*
decreased 6.6% and Long Haul RASK* decreased 14.6%.  Removing the impact of
foreign exchange, Group-wide RASK* decreased 9.0%, and Group-wide yields for
the financial year to date decreased 7.3% on the same period last year.

*  Air New Zealand''s operating statistics will provide Passenger revenue per
ASK, or RASK, going forward as a key metric of revenue performance. RASK is
defined as passenger revenue for the period divided by the total ASKs for the
period; compared to yield which represents the passenger revenue per
passenger kilometre flown.

Company news

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific extend alliance

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific have extended their strategic alliance
partnership on services between New Zealand and Hong Kong for a further five
years until 2022.

The alliance has delivered a range of benefits to travellers since it was
first put in place in January 2013, including greater choice with more
frequencies, enhanced connectivity to each carrier''s networks and reciprocal
frequent flyer benefits. The extension of the alliance agreement is subject
to continuing regulatory approvals.

Cathay Pacific currently operates seasonal double daily services between
Auckland and Hong Kong while Air New Zealand operates a daily service on the
route. From December 2017, a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and
Christchurch will also be introduced under the alliance, operated by Cathay

Subject to regulatory approvals, the non-stop service will operate three
times per week from 1 December 2017 - 28 February 2018, departing Hong Kong
on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using Airbus A350 aircraft, providing a
welcome boost for tourism to Canterbury and the South Island.

Australian and New Zealand airlines to form new aviation industry group

On March 9, Australia and New Zealand''s major airlines announced the
establishment of a new industry group to advocate and pursue reform on public
policy issues that impact the aviation sector and broader economy in the

Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ) will enable Air New Zealand,
the Qantas Group, Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin Australia Group to
contribute to the policy debate on issues that affect all Australian and New
Zealand travellers, including those relating to airports, taxation and fees,
access to efficient infrastructure and broader regulatory reform.

Professor Graeme Samuel AC, the former Chairman of the Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission whose professional career has spanned senior roles in
law, investment banking and public service, will be appointed the independent
chair of A4ANZ.

A4ANZ will be governed by a Board made up of a representative from each
member airline, in addition to the independent Chair, to oversee the
management of the industry group. The CEO will be appointed in coming months.

The group will be funded by its members: Air New Zealand, the Qantas Group,
Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin Australia Group. Member airlines are
Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express (Rex), Tigerair Australia
and Virgin Australia.

Air New Zealand welcomes four new Airpoints(TM) partners

Air New Zealand''s Airpoints(TM) programme continues its strong growth, with
Ranstad, MoleMap, The Economist and Exeed Limited the latest to join the
airline''s expanding network of businesses giving members more ways to earn.

The number of businesses in the coalition has more than doubled in the past
two years, with 59 companies now offering Airpoints Dollars(TM) to more than
2.4 million Airpoints members on an unparalleled range of household and
business expenses.

Airpoints by the numbers:
o 2.4 million Airpoints members, doubled in size in four years
o 59 businesses now part of the Airpoints programme, with 33 added in the
past two years
o 894,000 flights enjoyed by members using their Airpoints Dollars over the
past 12 months, up more than 100,000 flights on the year prior and making
Airpoints the most rewarding programme in New Zealand
o 2,000 products other than flights available for purchase using Airpoints

End CA:00298588 For:AIR    Type:MONTHLY    Time:2017-03-21 11:40:09
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