20 Jun 2019

Air New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon weigh options for future

6:47 pm on 20 June 2019

Outgoing Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon says he has not decided on whether he will run for Parliament in the next election.

There has been speculation Mr Luxon would stand for National in the next election, ahead of last night's announcement that he would step down in September after seven years in the job.

Mr Luxon said he was going to take the summer off and keep his options open.

"I want to take December and actually think very clearly and intentionally about what I want to do next," he said, adding he was also interested in working in the not-for-profit sector, or would look to move overseas if he decided to continue his career in business.

He said the speculation about whether or not he would stand for the National Party was only that, although he was not ruling it out.

"And so I know, there's a lot of conjecture, but there's been no conversation about that whatsoever."

Air New Zealand has committed to buying eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.

Christopher Luxon Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Mr Luxon said he has had few disappointments as the head of the airline, but noted a recent decision to employ staff with visible tattoos was a big and difficult decision.

"There's 200 commercial airlines in the world and not a single airline allows their employees to have visible tattoos ... but we are now trailblazing and leading there."

Mr Luxon said he would continue to work with the government's Business Advisory Council, while he was still the airline's chief executive.

"I'm just generally interested in solving problems and making sure New Zealand realizes opportunities."

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