Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand‘s Chief Executive, has resigned from his post & will step down from the leadership position in less than three months time.

Air New Zealand confirmed the news overnight, saying that Luxon’s last day will be 25 September 2019, a little over seven years after he first stepped into the role and eight years after joining the airline.

A search for Luxon’s replacement has commenced and the outgoing leader has agreed to advise and support the new CEO in order to ensure a seamless transition.


During his reign, Luxon transformed the carrier into a global award-winning airline with a wicked sense of humour, a strong commitment to culture and the environment, along with a growing network across Asia and the USA.

He strengthened the carrier financially by aligning itself with strong partners and withdrawing from relationships that no longer correlated with the carrier’s growth plans.

The outgoing leader said that he feels positive knowing that he leaves with the company in a “much stronger position” to when he first started.

“We’ve grown our customer base and network, grown the value of the airline and generated strong returns for our investors, and we have strengthened our balance sheet so we can compete and invest confidently as demonstrated by our recent $2 billion purchase of new Boeing 787-10 aircraft,” he said.

“The Air New Zealand we enjoy today is more customer centric than it has ever been. Customer satisfaction is at all-time high as well as being seven times the global industry average and three times the Star Alliance average.”

Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand Outgoing Chief Executive

While explaining his decision to step down, Luxon said it was time to “refresh and recharge, and then reflect on what” to do next. He also noted that he and his wife are “at an interesting time in life” with their kids finishing high school, leaving them free in career choices.

“I would like to think more about how I can best use my skills, abilities and experience to make a further contribution to the success of New Zealand whether that be through corporate life, politics or a non-profit.”

Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand Outgoing Chief Executive


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