Air New Zealand, Air Transport World's Passenger Service Award winner for 2008, posted a 58% increase in net profit to NZ$115 million ($93.7 million) for the six months ended Dec. 31 on a 9.6% rise in operating revenue to NZ$2.33 billion. While operating costs grew 5% to $2.14 billion, the result was built on a 6.4% gain in passengers to 6.5 million and a 5.3-point lift in load factor to 79.4%. Capacity rose 4.4% to 18.46 billion ASKs while RPKs climbed 11.8% to 14.66 billion. Short-haul ...

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