Air New Zealand introduces Sustainability Framework



Air New Zealand has launched a new Sustainability Framework as part of its commitment to help supercharge the nation’s success.

The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon unveiled the framework along with several sustainability initiatives at an event for business leaders in Auckland.

“We see the success of our business as being inextricably linked to the success of our country – Air New Zealand needs a strong and prosperous New Zealand and in turn, New Zealand needs a successful and thriving national airline,” said Luxon. “Given the significance of this business to New Zealand we have signed ourselves up to a mission and purpose bigger than ourselves – that is to supercharge New Zealand’s success – socially, environmentally and economically.”

The airline’s new Sustainability Framework establishes how it will contribute to supercharging New Zealand’s success. The economic, social, and environmental pillars of the framework are supported by six key focus areas – the airline’s people; the communities it operates within; carbon, nature and science; tourism and trade and enterprise.

Luxon said Air New Zealand recognises that to be successful in its sustainability journey the airline needs advice from global experts, so it has formed a Sustainability Advisory Panel made up of New Zealand and international experts with specialist knowledge. They are:

• Sir Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder and Director, Forum for the Future (United Kingdom)

• Dame Anne Salmond, New Zealand anthropologist, writer and distinguished professor of Maori Studies, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

• Rob Fenwick CNZM, entrepreneur, director and conservationist (New Zealand)

• Derek Handley, social entrepreneur, Founder of Aera Foundation (New Zealand)

• Suzanne Hunt, Founder and President, Hunt-Green LLC and biofuels expert (United States)

• Brian Pearce, Chief Economist, International Air Transport Association (Switzerland)

Luxon and Air New Zealand’s Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer, Captain David Morgan, who have responsibility for sustainability at the airline, will also sit on the panel.