Air New Zealand announced (22-Oct-2009) plans to build a new NZD4 million aircraft parts distribution centre to support its Christchurch narrowbody jet engineering base. The new distribution centre, scheduled for completion in Sep-2010, will be built adjacent to the main narrowbody hangar, replacing eight existing stores. [more]
Air New Zealand invests NZD4 million in new Christchurch aircraft logistics centre
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