BRIEF-Air New Zealand says for Feb short haul passenger numbers increased 2.2%

March 21 (Reuters) - Air New Zealand Ltd:

* Feb short haul passenger numbers increased 2.2%

* Group load factors were down 2.6 percentage points overall

to 81.6% for Feb

* Air New Zealand carried 1,268,000 passengers during month

of february, an increase of 2.4% compared to same period last

year

* Feb domestic market demand (rpks) increased by 5.9%

* Feb long haul passenger numbers increased 3.1% when

compared to february last year

* For Feb revenue passenger kilometres (rpks) were 2.0%

higher on a capacity (asks) increase of 5.3%

* Co and Cathay Pacific have extended strategic alliance

partnership on services between new zealand and hong kong for a

further five years until 2022

* From december 2017, a new seasonal service between Hong

Kong and Christchurch will also be introduced under alliance

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