Unlike the kiwi, new zealand's flightless national bird, air new zealand soars far and wide. the company makes most of its money by transporting passengers to destinations in the asia/pacific region, europe, and north america; it also serves about two dozen cities in new zealand. it operates a fleet of about 100 aircraft, including both jets and turbo-props. air new zealand extends its offerings by participating in the star alliance, a global marketing and code-sharing network that includes carriers such as lufthansa and united airlines. (code-sharing allows airlines to sell tickets on one another's flights.) the new zealand government owns 76% of air new zealand.