Air NZ flags 20% rise in profit

Air New Zealand has forecast a 20 per cent rise in pre-tax profits for the first half as solid bookings in the lead-up to the busy Christmas-New Year holiday period bolster its confidence. Days after Qantas warned it would slump to a pre-tax loss of up to $300 million in the first half, New Zealand's flag carrier said it had "sufficient confidence" in its expected bookings this month to forecast a 20 per cent rise in earnings before tax to $NZ167 million ($152 million) for the six months to December.

Air New Zealand has forecast a 20 per cent rise in pre-tax profits for the first half as solid bookings in the lead-up to the busy Christmas-New Year holiday period bolster its confidence. Days after Qantas warned it would slump to a pre-tax loss of up to $300 million in the first half, New Zealand's flag carrier said it had "sufficient confidence" in its expected bookings this month to forecast a 20 per cent rise in earnings before tax to $NZ167 million ($152 million) for the six months to December.

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