Well if anyone is planning a trip overseas with a firearm or knows someone traveling to NZ with a firearm I would not recommend travelling with Air New Zealand.
The reason is they have introduced a charge for travelling with firearms
From NZ to Aussie it is NZ$120 plus a return charge AU$120, Perth is NZ$200, return to NZ AU$200
To the US NZ$200, return to NZ US$150.
To the UK NZ$200 return from UK 100 UK pounds
This is charged for each case containing a firearm, even if the case isn't oversize or over 23kg, and also includes any rifle that would have previously been included in your allowed baggage limit.
Seems like Air New Zealand is now anti firearm!!!!!!
This is part of a reply I received from customer support at Air New Zealand after giving them some feedback after being charged the $120 fee when I went to Aussie for the Australia day BR shoot.
I realise that this is not the outcome that you would have desired and if you decide that you would like to take this further please email customer support directly on Flightcomment@airnz.co.nz and put your concerns into writing regarding your future travel in August, and also for the flight that you took in January. Your feedback in this respect is important as Air NZ may decide to review these charges in the future in response to customer dissatisfaction.
If enough people express their disgust at the fees Air New Zealand is charging not only for taking a firearm but also excess baggage..........perhaps they will review their policy. You can contact Air NZ here http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/help-and-contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When I think about the consequences of this charge by Air New Zealand it isn't good.
When traveling on one of Air New Zealand's partner airlines (Star Alliance) if part of your trip is on Air New Zealand then your baggage allowance would be Air New Zealand's allowable limit and you would be required to pay any extra charges..........another Air New Zealand customer has been told the following
Never know if Air New Zealand get away with this other airlines may follow suitI am going through this very thing right now and here is the guts of what i've got in an email from Air NZ for a trip to Canada;
1) you cannot prepay for extra baggage if it is a firearm
2) there is a standard $200 per firearm handling fee IN ADDITION to the baggage fee of $200.