All onboard the Wahs Express!

11 September 2023
  • Special Air New Zealand Grabaseat™ charter flight for One New Zealand Warriors fans hosted by former Warrior legend Awen Guttenbeil
  • The 'Wahs Express' package includes flight NZ1204 from Christchurch and a ticket to the NRL finals week two game in Auckland
  • Packages on sale from midday today, Monday 11 September.

Up the Wahs! Air New Zealand's Grabaseat™ will be adding a special charter flight to its schedule to help 170 of Aotearoa's most passionate One New Zealand Warriors fans get to the NRL finals week two game this weekend. 

On sale at midday today, the Grabaseat™ Wahs Express will depart Ōtautahi Christchurch at 11.55am on Saturday 16 September on NZ1204, arriving into Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland at 1:20pm. 

Packages start from $259 one way, including a Category One ticket to the game, and some surprise and delight moments for passengers while cruising at 32,000 ft. Former Warriors legend Awen Guttenbeil will be hosting the flight.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the NRL season has captivated the nation with Kiwis jumping on the band-Wah-gon, so getting as many fans to the game as we can was an easy decision for the airline. 

"This NRL season has been a call to arms for One New Zealand Warriors fans across Aotearoa and this is a must win match for them so home crowd support is vital. We can't wait to welcome passionate fans on board on Saturday to watch the mighty Wahs take on the Newcastle Knights at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart. 

"All the best to the team this weekend, Air New Zealand is behind you – up the Wahs!"  

Flight and ticket packages for the 'Wahs Express' go on sale at midday today on Air New Zealand's Grabaseat™ website.* 

*Note to media, this web page is geotargeted so you may not be able to see the package for sale.




Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has 104 operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 7.3 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. Pre-Covid, the airline flew more than 17 million passengers every year, with 3,400 flights per week. Air New Zealand was recently named the World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety. Last year, Air New Zealand won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand – 8th year in a row.

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework  helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


About Star Alliance

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.