Air New Zealand said it will shut down its Freedom Air low-cost unit next March 30, replacing many of its services with ANZ mainline flights, which the company said have similar fares to Freedom flights but offer better service. GM-Short Haul Airlines Norm Thompson, who soon will move to the newly created post of ANZ deputy CEO, said a review of short-haul Freedom services across the Tasman Sea to Australia revealed that passengers' "overwhelming preference was for us to focus on upgrading ...

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