EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (July 9, 2009) "“ For months, Americans watched as Jason Mesnick searched for his perfect match on ABC's The Bachelor. Now it's Mesnick's turn to facilitate the matchmaking, joining passengers on board Air New Zealand's world-first Matchmaking Flight. Mesnick and his girlfriend Molly Malaney will be special guests on the October 13 journey, flying from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, to return to the country where they fell in love.

In honor of their special guests, Air New Zealand is offering Matchmaking Flight Web site members who book by July 15, 2009 a roundtrip ticket for $580* USD, a $200 discount on the $780* USD fare. To book online and access the discount, upload your online dating profile at the www.thematchmakingflight.com, then enter the LOVE200 promotion code when booking the Matchmaking Flight.

"Molly and I fell in love with New Zealand during The Bachelor "“ it's truly the most romantic place on Earth," said Mesnick. "We can't wait to return to the stunning scenery and Kiwi hospitality and we hope that all the Matchmaking Flight singles have as much success as we did in finding one another."

"Jason and Molly know something about finding the right match, and we're hoping they can share this with the singles on Air New Zealand's matchmaking flight,' said Roger Poulton, vice president, Air New Zealand "“ the Americas. "Returning to New Zealand for the magic and romance "“ this time in a committed relationship "“ is very important to them, and we're glad to take them back."

Matchmaking Flight passengers will enjoy a complete matchmaking experience beginning with a send-off party at the departure gate in Los Angeles. At 30,000 feet, travelers can expect matchmaking advice from a celebrity host, complimentary party packs, an open bar, speed dating and other games. Once on the ground in Auckland, travelers are invited to the Great Matchmaking Ball at SKYCITY Convention Center, to be attended by single New Zealanders.

Air New Zealand has also developed a series of special vacation packages ** allowing matchmakers to extend their experiences beyond the Matchmaking Flight events. These packages include:

Romance "“ Relaxing activities and lush destinations
October 17 "“ 22
$799.00 (USD)
Promo code: ROMANCE

Culture "“ Delve into New Zealand's rich heritage and national treasures
Oct. 17 "“ 22
$599.00 (USD)
Promo code: CULTURAL

Adventure "“ For the adrenaline junkies in the pack
October 17-22
$699.00 (USD)
Promo code: ADVENTURE

* Includes fuel surcharge, excludes government fees and taxes up to $85 which includes September 11 security fee. Restrictions and conditions apply.

** Accommodation packages are subject to availability and exclude the costs of airfares, taxes which are additional. Charges or taxes imposed directly by third parties are not included in the price.

About Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Vancouver to New Zealand, as well as Los Angeles non-stop to the Cook Islands and Samoa. Other popular destinations include Australia, China, Japan and Tonga. In addition to flying non-stop Los Angeles-London, Air New Zealand's route between London and Hong Kong now allows customers to fly round-the-world on one airline. Consistently rated among the world's best international airlines, Air New Zealand's new Inflight Concierge Service provides all passengers with a range of services, from travel advice to assistance with onward bookings. Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include "Best Business Class to Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific" for the third straight year by Business Traveler Magazine (USA) "Best Transpacific Airline" at the 26th Airline Industry Awards, "Best Passenger Service" award by Air Transport World magazine, and "Best Business Class Red Wine" for the Martinborough Pinot Noir 2005 at the 2007 Cellars in the Sky awards. United Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan members earn and redeem mileage on select flights. Flight and vacation essentials can be booked on AirNewZealand.com or by calling 1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in Canada. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance network.