Air NZ's Christmas 2021 magical delivery

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 3 December 2021

Air New Zealand has released its 2021 Christmas commercial, A Magical Delivery.

The airline helps Santa with cargo when he has a delivery problem. 

"Santa can’t seem to get into Aotearoa this year — but that won’t stop us from bringing Christmas joy.

"Magical deliveries might be heading your way." 

Shine, now part of Bastion, is Air NZ's creative agency. 

CEO Simon Curran: “There’s no doubt that the whole country has been looking forward to Christmas more than ever this year, so we’re glad to work with our amazing partners Air New Zealand to add a little extra cheer to this festive season. And thankful that we can look forward to 2022 with some optimism, both for Air New Zealand and for the entire country."

Director Josh Frizzell: “What a great gig to get at the end of a very trying few months in lockdown, love the Air New Zealand crew and the team at Bastion Shine, full support from Reel Factory and a great cast and crew. The dream job to take us all into to Christmas. Thanks Santa!”

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says it’s been another tough year for many but things are looking up with international travel on the horizon in 2022, including the launch of the airline’s long-awaited New York route.

“We’re excited to be able to provide some cheer and happiness this holiday season and to be reconnecting friends and whānau when international travel restrictions ease in early 2022.”

There are also a few festive surprises planned for customers throughout the holiday period.

“Some magical deliveries will be happening on board selected flights and in our ports.The daily prize draw along with some surprises around the country are our way of saying thanks to our valued customers for standing by us through another challenging year.”


Client: Air New Zealand
General Manager Brand and Marketing: Jeremy O’Brien
Brand and Marketing Manager: Mariam Tawfik
Brand Manager: Tara Ryan
Content Delivery Manager: Summer Skelton
Agency: Bastion Shine
Chief Creative Officer: Rich Maddocks
Art Director: Clementina de Ruiter
Copywriter: Rachel Jamieson
Group Business Director: Chris Hotchin
Business Director: Danny Murphy
Chief Strategy Officer: Andy McLeish
Group Strategy Director: Ryan Jordan
Reel Factory
Director: Josh Frizzell
DOP: Darryl Ward
Producer: Phil Liefting
First AD: Ian Craig
Production Manager: Simon Woodard
Production Designer: Guy Treadgold
Gaffer/Grip: Craig Muirhead
Wardrobe: Michelle Marchant
Offline Editor: Julian Currin
Colourist: Marc McCarthy
Sound: Liquid Studios
VFX: Cirkus Animation

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