Since its first TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) flight to Sydney in 1940—a nine-hour journey using a Short S30 flying boat—Air New Zealand has connected Kiwis to the world.

Amid the COVID-chaos, this innovative airline is celebrating a very happy birthday.

“Air New Zealand’s 80th birthday is a remarkable milestone—a testament to the wayfaring spirit of our Kiwi friends. We share in their joy, and look forward to flying with them again. Here’s to another 80!”

Peter Hosper CEO of The Travel Authority Group

To commemorate 80 years of flying, the airline has released this lovely video.

“While this birthday sees the airline operating in some of the most extraordinary circumstances in its 80-year history, the heart and passion of our people remain as strong as it was on that historic first day of operation.”

Mike Tod, Air New Zealand’s Chief Marketing and Customer Officer

The airline says the 80th anniversary birthday is a time to reflect on milestones and thank New Zealanders for their continued support of the airline, which has been named best in the world on numerous occasions.

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