08/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/06/2019 17:18
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the event was a great way to celebrate the contributions of many of the airline's suppliers over the past 12 months.
'Air New Zealand has more than 4,000 suppliers who are each a vital part of our extended enterprise. We've been on a journey with them over the past couple of years, looking at ways we can work better together and grow our partnerships. The awards were a fantastic way to celebrate their contributions to our business and the work we've done together in partnership.'
Kiwi aircraft interior cabin upholsterer Flight Interiors took out the evening's supreme award - the Tūhono Award. The company has been working with Air New Zealand for more than 30 years with recent projects including designing and manufacturing New Zealand leather seat covers for the airline's new A320 and A321neo fleet and making enhancements to the Economy Skycouch infant harness, belt and pod for the airline's youngest customers.
'Flight Interiors are a fantastic partner which, in addition to providing exemplary operational support to the airline, also demonstrates a high level of ingenuity and 'can do' when it comes to developing new innovations to help us continually improve the experience we deliver to our customers.'
Air New Zealand's supply chain has evolved in recent years with a focus on strong supplier partnerships based on shared values and objectives and a deep commitment to sustainable procurement with the airline working to gain greater visibility and assurance across its complex supply chain.
'We have an annual spend of more than $1.1 billion* across our global supply chain which means we have a massive opportunity and responsibility to advance sustainability through our procurement practices.
'In this vein we launched a Supplier Code of Conduct in 2015, based on the United Nations Global Compact principles, to ensure a shared commitment to similar social and environmental goals and ethical conduct. Our suppliers support Air New Zealand's sustainability outcomes by focusing their own supply chains on initiatives such as eliminating waste from source and by innovating products to remove weight from flight,' says Mr Luxon.
Air New Zealand's inaugural Tūhono Supplier Awards winners are:
You can read more about sustainable procurement at Air New Zealand online
*This excludes fuel and labour spend, but includes contract labour.
Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.