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Customs a killer for Darth Vader video

Tilena Jackson with Cadence Nixon, 4, share a laugh with Darth Vader on the Main Highway in Otaki.

Sith Lord, in Otaki yesterday, explained it could cost an arm and a leg going through customs.

The fate of Nepal's heritage

A man walks through the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged in the April 25 massive earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swayambhunath, which dates back to the 5th century, is one of at least 68 cultural heritage sites in Nepal that were damaged by the earthquake.

The blue-rimmed eyes of the gold-spired stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city.

The secret bedrooms the crew use video

Boeing's official representation of the crew rest area on a Boeing 777.

When you're on a long-haul flight, you know the importance of sleep. But what if you're a member of the flight crew?

Boeing 787: Turn off and on again

A Jetstar Boeing 787 or Dreamliner.

A software bug has operators of Boeing 787s being told to shut down the plane's electrical power.

Solar plane braces for 5-day solo flight

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard (R) and Andre Boschberg celebrate after Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 at the Chongqing Jiangbei international airport.

The pilot of Solar Impulse 2 in anxious but excited for the longest leg an attempt to fly around the world without fuel.

'Airportman' scam on travellers

Andrew Gradon's activities have an echo of those of Frank Abagnale, pictured, who was depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can.

Dressed in a smart suit and tie, a flustered Andrew Gradon pleaded for help to get home.

What's new in the world of travel

Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC. The English Premier League leaders will play an Australian exclusive match in Sydney in June.

What's happening at home and abroad in the world of travel.

Fold-in wings a winner on Air NZ

Air New Zealand Airbus A320.

A pleasant trip up to Niue, with reliable and friendly Air New Zealand service.

Airbus predicts Auckland to NY direct

Wide-body aircraft like the new Airbus A350 will become a more common sight in New Zealand skies.

Direct flights to Auckland from the Philippines, Vietnam, Delhi and New York could be reality by 2033.

Kiwi Regional Airlines moving ahead

Kiwi Regional Airlines executives from left Peter Ashford, Ewan Wilson and Bill Wilson with a Saab 340 aircraft.

New Zealand's newest airline Kiwi Regional Airlines is moving ahead in preparation for take-off.

Air NZ's trip down memory lane video

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Air New Zealand passengers took a journey down memory lane, to celebrate the national carrier's 75 years of service.

74-year-old's historic flight

John and Margaret McDougall are travelling on the return flight from Invercargill to Melbourne in November. John also travelled on the first public flight from Invercargill in 1944.

Man who was on Invercargill's first passenger flight will now be on city's first Melbourne Cup flight.

Time to pack up ol' Bluey

Whangamata Motor Camp is up for sale. Stephen Stewart is a campground resident and worries the land may be redeveloped.

The faint noise of a television set is the only thing interrupting the empty streets at this campground.

Do holidays trump human rights?

A tourist drinks a bottle of beer during sunset at Seminyak beach, on the resort island of Bali.

Executions unlikely to effect Bali tourism, unless a New Zealander is killed.

China to build world's largest airport

The six-pier radial concept will help improve the functionality at Beijing International Airport's new Terminal 1.

China – the world's most populated country – will soon have the world's largest airport terminal. 

How secure is airliner data?

When it comes to security, airlines have never been known for their sense of humor.

Snooze while you wait

GoSleep pods at Helsinki Airport provide a sweet place to snooze.

Thanks to designer "sleeping pods", transiting passengers at Helsinki Airport can now grab some shuteye air-side.

Naomi Watts dons vintage swimsuit for airline poster

Naomi Watts during a shoot for the poster.

Naomi Watts has donned a red one-piece vintage swim suit to recreate an classic 1950s British Airways poster.

The risks and rewards of travel

We travel with a little bit of faith because we must. We hope that the systems, protocols and regulations in place will protect us.

We travel with a bit of faith because we must. We hope that the protocols and regulations in place will protect us.

Lonely Planet drops Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers have been removed from Lonely Planet's Australian and New Zealand guidebooks.

Lonely Planet will remove Wicked Campers from its NZ guidebooks after controversy over 'violent, sexist' slogans.

Nepal an insurance risk

Rescue team members search for bodies in the debris of a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Travelling to Nepal poses insurance risks as well as physical danger.

Aircraft fleets set to soar

Wide-body aircraft like the new Airbus A350 will become a more common sight in New Zealand skies.

The number of passenger aircraft serving the South Pacific will increase more than 70 per cent as Auckland reaches aviation "mega-city" status - Airbus.

Air NZ ends some regional flights

Air New Zealand longer flies to Kaitaia, Whakatane and Westport.

Air New Zealand's regional flights to Kaitaia, Whakatane and Westport have stopped on Tuesday

Quake agony revealed quietly on trip from airport

Tents are seen from an airplane window in an open field next to Tribhuwan International Airport

Soon after landing, the captain made a bizarre announcement: Nobody is in the control tower.

The 18-inch squeeze Airbus banks on

Qantas has 12 A380s in its fleet which can each carry 484 passengers on routes to Los Angeles, London, Dallas and Hong Kong.

Aircraft-maker says airlines will keep squeezing more seats into increasingly larger planes.

Seven ways to fly like a pro

Booking seats a few rows back from the bulkheads can minimise your risk of being near a screaming child and maximise your chance of getting some sleep.

There are people who love to fly and there those that don't, but these seven tips will help ease anyone's journey.

ANZ improves airpoints

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ANZ renews its contract with Air New Zealand after Westpac joins the loyalty programme.

Travel frenzy in March

The Cricket World Cup was a big drawcard for international visitors in March.

Cricket World Cup and early Easter boost visitor numbers to a record.

Carnival Spirit allowed to enter Sydney Harbour

The Carnival Spirit entering Circular Quay on Wednesday morning.

Cruise ship finally enters Sydney Harbour after being stranded due to rough conditions.

The airline 'left' him to die

The lawsuit suggests that Richard Ilczyszyn could have survived had the Southwest crew provided immediate medical attention.

The crew treated the incident as that of an unruly passenger, instead of as a medical emergency.

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