About New Zealand
Air New Zealand is the national airline of New Zealand and its head office is located at Auckland. It provides scheduled passenger flights to 27 domestic cities and 29 international destinations in 15 countries across Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania.
The history of the airline dates back to April 1940 when its forerunner airline Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) was incorporated. On October 1953, TEAL came to be jointly owned by the New Zealand and Australian Governments, but in April 1961 the New Zealand Government assumed full ownership.
TEAL mainly served international routes until 1978 when the government merged it and the domestic oriented airline NAC (New Zealand National Airways Corporation) into a single airline under a new name ‘Air New Zealand’.