28 AUG 2014: There’s something appealing about summer whites. And, when you throw in a cricket match between Goway Travel and Air New Zealand in what’s become their annual end of summer tradition you know there’s bound to be some surprises.

First, the temperature shot up to a sweltering 41C with humidity. It was the city’s hottest day to date and Goway Travel won ... in a very tight match 69-70 beating rival and partner Air New Zealand at the company’s 11th annual tournament held at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

The score in cricket terms as one player put it: “Sixty-nine runs scored by the Air New Zealand Team while the Goway Travel team chased and made seventy runs and won the match.”

Or as Vancouver-based Jason Stratford from Australian Pacific Touring likes to say, “Goway got a bit of a ring in by getting Jason Stratford who flew in to ensure a victory.”

It was great fun watching the bowlers, yorkers, hooks and pulls.

Then came the latest global phenomenon – the ALS ice bucket challenge. Chris Allison, sales and market development manager of Canada for Air New Zealand, got the challenge from a colleague the night before.

And like a fab DIY-er he took his deep ice bucket (must have felt like -40C) and walked to his challenge. Goway Travel’s vice president Jim Morrison didn’t miss a second. He lifted the heavy-duty bucket high above Allison’s head and dumped the cold deep freeze over him.

It was quite a feat and hats off from Travel Industry Today.

Of course agents will be interested to learn Air New Zealand has some corporate developments in the works too.

The airline is in heavy development mode. Watch for a new fleet of six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the company having the option to order four more. Air New Zealand received its first one in this series a few weeks ago in Seattle and Allison tells me it’s is the launch customer of this aircraft.

He also says the new plane is currently flying the Auckland to Sydney route but in late September the new aircraft is scheduled for the Auckland – Perth service.  

Then there’s the money. “We just announced our financial results for the last twelve months: NZ $334 million, that’s up 30 percent from the previous year.”

Not bad for an airline prepared to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2015. Now we’ll have to wait and see which company wins next year’s annual cricket tourney.  

An Afternoon of Cricket

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Ilona Kauremszky

A regular contributor to Travel Industry Today, Ilona is a prize winning journalist whose writing pursuits have taken her around the globe.

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