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Air New Zealand has used facial recognition technology in a bid to help holidaymakers go on their dream Queensland getaway.

A new campaign has used software to monitor a range of visual cues, including eye, mouth and facial movement, as viewers watched footage of a dozen Queensland experiences.

It then made a personalised recommendation based on which experiences evoked the most positive reactions.

Air New Zealand general manager market development and retail sales, Annabelle Fowler, said the campaign was a fun and unique way to showcase what Queensland had to offer.

"From exploring the Noosa Everglades, soaking up the sun in the tropical north, unique dining experiences in Brisbane to some iconic Sunshine Coast road trips, Queensland has a huge variety of activities to suit all travellers. Using facial recognition technology in this way is a first for Air New Zealand and is an exciting way for us to engage with our customers and show them some Queensland experiences that they may not have previously considered."

The campaign was run in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland.

Those who watched the video could also go in the draw to win a Great Barrier Reef experience with return "The Works" airfares for two people from any Air New Zealand domestic airport to Cairns, ground transfers, three nights resort accommodation and a four night Great Barrier Reef cruise.

Viewers can click here to see which Queensland experience inspires them the most and enter the draw. Entries close 22 February 2018.

Source: NZ Herald


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Norwegian has set a new record time for the fastest ever transatlantic flight by a passenger aircraft this week using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Norwegian flight DY7014 from New York JFK to London Gatwick on Monday 15 January completed the full duration of the flight in 5 hours and 13 minutes.

This is now the fastest transatlantic flight recorded on a subsonic commercial aircraft, with the previous record being 5 hours and 16 minutes. The flight carried 284 passengers and left New York at 11:44am, arriving in London at 9:57pm – 53 minutes early.

‘The passengers and crew were very pleasantly surprised that we were already landing in London,’ says Captain Pascal Niewold at Norwegian. ‘It was a very smooth flight with almost no turbulence.’

Source: TravelMemo  ||  January 23, 2018   ||

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Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group have launched a new interline partnership offering travellers from cities in New Zealand convenient flight connections to Hawai'i and the USA mainland.

Jetstar New Zealand's domestic flights from Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Napier, Nelson and Queenstown will now connect in Auckland with Hawaiian Airlines' non-stop flights to Honolulu.

'New Zealanders have been fast to discover Hawaiian Airlines as the ideal option for flights both to Hawai'i and further to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York or any of the other 11 US North America cities we serve,' says Russell Willis, country director for Hawaiian Airlines.

The Jetstar partnership comes as Hawaiian Airlines prepares to increase its New Zealand operations from three to five non-stop weekly flights between Auckland and Honolulu.

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