Air New Zealand Flights

Air New Zealand is the national airline of New Zealand. It was originally launched in the 1940's as Tasman Empire Airways Limited, offering flights to and from Australia. Today they fly to 19 countries across Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific. They've been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and also have their own frequent flyer program Airpoints. Air New Zealand has won a range of awards, and in 2016 they took home World's Best Premium Economy at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards, the Airline of the Year title, and both the International and Domestic Airline of the Year at the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards.

Air New Zealand fly from Dublin to Abu Dhabi and Dublin to Auckland. Flights to Auckland usually involve a stop-over in Abu Dhabi, and sometimes in Melbourne too, offering the opportunity to tick another couple of city-break destinations off your travel bucket list.

This information is correct as of April 2017

Why Fly With Air New Zealand?

How to Check In

Online check in opens 24 hours before scheduled departure, and closes 90 minutes before (or two hours before if you're flying to the USA). The Air New Zealand app on your phone makes the check-in process nice and easy, too. Alternatively you can check in at the airport, either at the desk or at the self-service kiosk where provided. You'll need a machine-readable passport to use them (most Irish passports issued since 1993 are). They're are available at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London Heathrow, San Francisco & Los Angeles airports.


The majority (70%) of Air New Zealand passengers can select a standard seat free of charge. It's also possible to pay a little extra for preferred seating, which comes with priority boarding included, or exit row seating with extra leg room. This is free for Airpoints Elite, Gold and Koru members. Prices differ depending on flight route. Standard seat pitch (the distance between your chair and the one in front) ranges from 30 to 35 inches in economy class, and up to 80 inches in business class. Air New Zealand premium economy passengers enjoy a seat pitch of 41 to 42 inches on average.

Booking Fees

Air New Zealand charge a small fee when payments are made by credit (not debit) cards.

Service On Board

On some long-haul routes, Air New Zealand offer the option to book an Economy Skycouch. This allocates three seats in one row to your booking. The arms fold down and the footrest comes up to create a large lounging space just like your home couch. Air New Zealand Premium Economy is available on long-haul Boeing 777-200, 777-300 and 787-9 aircraft. This offering includes more space, more luggage allowance, and a premium food offering. Seats recline 50% more than in the standard economy class. For more luxury, choose Air New Zealand Business Premier. This includes lie-flat beds with fluffy duvets or comfortable leather armchairs. On-board dining includes food consulted on by top chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith, accompanied by sommelier-selected wines. Seatback screens provide on-demand entertainment. As well as catching up on the latest films and TV shows, you can even order food.


Air New Zealand missed out on a spot on the list of 2016's most punctual airlines, although they were the eighth most punctual airline in the Asia Pacific region for the same period. Around eight out of ten (79.2%) of flights departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Economy passengers can check in one bag, premium economy passengers can check two, and business class passengers can bring three. These should weigh no more than 23kg, and measure no more than 158cm total. On domestic routes, Seat + Bag, Flexi Time and Smart Saver tickets include one checked bag while Flexi Plus fares allow you to bring two.

Carry-on bags should measure no more than 118cm, and weigh no more than 7kg. economy passengers can bring one bag plus a small item (such as a briefcase or handbag) while premium economy and business passengers can bring two bags in addition to their personal item. Airpoints Gold and Silver and StarAlliance Gold members also benefit from the upper hand baggage allowance.

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