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  • Look deeper to see innovation below the surface

    2013-11-14 16:47:03 // // The Idealog Blog
    Awards season seems to be well under way and there are more than a few opportunities to reflect on the performance of our business sector, writes Grant Frear.
  • Air New Zealand updates mobile app to include flight bookings

    2013-08-09 14:26:01 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Not wanting to lose its edge on all things digital, Air New Zealand, the same airline that has a fairy granting wishes on Twitter, has announced an update to its mPass mobile application that now allows users to book flights using their smartphones or tablet devices, getting people one step closer to never needing to sit on their computers again.
  • Bear Grylls takes Air NZ's latest safety video into the wild

    2013-02-28 09:49:44 // // The Idealog Blog
    Air New Zealand is back with another new safety video, this time featuring intrepid explorer/eater/showman Bear Grylls, who traipses around the Fiordland wilderness and helps to promote the airline's $3 million commercial partnership with the Department of Conservation.
  • Air NZ drops the ball on loyalty

    2012-03-05 10:21:54 // // The Idealog Blog | 5 comments
    Can Air NZ really risk a mass exodus of its most valuable customers?
  • Hundreds of jobs to go as Air NZ earnings slump

    2012-02-24 10:17:13 // | 1 comment
    Air New Zealand will be slashing hundreds of jobs after a "disappointing" 71 percent decline in six-month earnings.
  • Fyfe confirms he's quitting Air NZ

    2012-01-31 11:23:51 //
    Larger-than-life Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe has confirmed he will be leaving the airline at the end of the year after seven years at its helm.
  • Big black bird to take to the skies

    2011-12-19 09:54:31 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Air New Zealand has lifted the hood on the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted completely black.
  • Jobs on the chopping block at Air NZ

    2011-12-13 11:20:35 //
    The future of hundreds of employees and the London route of Air New Zealand is up in the air.
  • Air New Zealand’s Rico bows out in a blaze of mysterious glory

    2011-12-02 14:51:31 // // The Idealog Blog
    In typically dramatic fashion, Rico's been killed off with a flourish and a smart digital tie-in to the boardgame Cluedo.
  • Kiwi ingenuity strikes again as Australian International Design Awards finalists are revealed

    2011-06-02 11:29:28 // // The Idealog Blog
    Last year New Plymouth-based manufacturer Howard Wright’s M8 Intensive Care Bed took out the top nod at the Australian International Design Awards, and with the newly announced finalist list for the 2011 awards revealed, Kiwi products have once again made the prestigious design cut.
  • Air New Zealand’s Skycouch nabs international design award

    2011-05-19 09:30:00 // // The Idealog Blog | 3 comments
    Air New Zealand has taken out one of the top honours at the Conde Nast Traveller’s 2011 Innovation and Design Awards. The airline took out the aviation category for its Kiwi-designed Skycouch Economy seat, beating out the new First Class A380 cabin designs from Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. But the other category winners are in and of themselves well worth a mention, especially the very funky retail category winner.
  • Rob Fyfe on leadership and building a culture of innovation

    2011-03-16 15:43:46 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    In 2001, the combination of 9/11 and the collapse of Ansett brought Air New Zealand to its knees. With a loss of self-belief and pride, coupled with a dislocation between employees and managers, the airline needed a transformation and it needed it fast. Rob Fyfe came on board shortly after to undertake a strategic review that focused on defining the airlines identity. There was one thing the airline had that no other airline could lay claim to—its New Zealandness. Speaking at the NZTE Better by Design CEO summit, a captivating Fyfe explains how Enzed’s personality and stories have become the design and innovation ethos for Air New Zealand and everything it does, and in the process, have turned the airline around through reinvention.
  • Snow, planes, sustainability and luxury honored at engineering awards

    2010-11-30 10:26:21 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Canterbury's NZi3 Innovation building, luxury Auckland apartments and Rob Fyfe are among winners celebrated at the recent 2010 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards in Wellington, attended by more than 360 guests. But the winner of the Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence was a snowier affair.
  • Rob Fyfe on why business design is about personality, story telling and instilling realness

    2010-11-22 12:53:55 // // The Idealog Blog
    From an airline practically hung by its heels in 2002—encumbered with an outdated fleet, an obsolete business model and employee and national morale at an all-time low—Air New Zealand has transformed to become a world-class airline with a host of awards, a sassy brand and an ever-growing following. Clearly the airline is doing something right in the organisational design and innovation space . But to get it right, forget wafty organisational jargon like ‘company mission statements’, ‘values’, and ‘strategic visions’, says the airline's chief executive Rob Fyfe.
  • Rob Fyfe on why business design is about personality, story telling and instilling realness

    2010-11-19 13:16:35 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    From an airline practically hung by its heels in 2002—encumbered with an outdated fleet, an obsolete business model and employee and national morale at an all-time low—Air New Zealand has transformed to become a world-class airline with a host of awards, a sassy brand and an ever-growing following. Clearly the airline is doing something right in the organisational design and innovation space . But to get it right, forget wafty organisational jargon like ‘company mission statements’, ‘values’, and ‘strategic visions’, says the airline's chief executive Rob Fyfe.
  • Ask questions. Challenge the status quo. Push boundaries

    2010-11-12 12:06:11 // // The Idealog Blog
    It’s not what you sell, it’s the who you are and also having a powerful personality that matters. It's also not about what you design, it's about how you configure the culture behind what you design that counts. That’s according to both home-grown and international leaders of some of the worlds most successful and innovative firms, speaking at last week’s Better By Design CEO summit in Auckland.
  • Air New Zealand paints the sky black

    2010-09-23 09:23:03 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Our national carrier really is going all out in their ‘crazy about rugby’ campaign. Their recent safety video featuring a number of All Black’s delivering flight safety procedures —scattered with rugby terminology throughout—helped wipe the ordinarily glazed look off the faces of passengers. Now the airline is set to literally turn the skies black with the unveiling of their new domestic jet fleet.
  • Flying by the seat of your pants

    2010-01-27 10:31:48 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    In the notoriously competitive and difficult to differentiate airline business, Air New Zealand invests in design and experiential marketing