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Air NZ Flying Scotsmen Out To Help Man Drought

14 July 2006

Air New Zealand Flying Scotsmen Out To Help Man Drought

Och aye the noo! Two single Scottish Hotties land in the country this Sunday as part of an Air New Zealand promotion to help bonnie Kiwi lasses find love.

Air New Zealand is bringing over the two hot single Scotsmen to do their bit to help the man drought and to celebrate the extra choice available with the introduction of the airline's second daily service to the UK via Hong Kong.

Eight New Zealand women will win an 'air-date' with the two Scottish Hotties - Phil McHugh (21 years) and Nick Pollacchi (25 years) via a local radio promotion. The guys were discovered as part of the "Date a Hot Scot" promotion by VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourist board. This promotion encouraged women who didn't receive a Valentine's card to vote for their favourite of 20 Hot Scots featured on a dedicated website.

Air New Zealand Marketing Communications Manager Pam Wong says the new second daily service to the UK via Hong Kong doubles the choice for customers flying to the UK, adding to the Los Angeles stopover option.

"To celebrate the new extra choice, Air New Zealand is bringing a little bit of the UK to New Zealand to do our bit for the current man drought. There are 450,000 single men in Scotland aged between 20-40 years, not a bad place to visit if you're after a long-term Highland Fling!" says Ms Wong.

Winners of the eight 'air-dates' came from Auckland, Napier, Wellington and Queenstown. Two girls from each city will fly to meet the Hot Scots and fly them back to their hometown to show them the best of local attractions. Following a grueling week of dating beautiful women and seeing the best New Zealand has to offer, the lads will choose their favourite date and these two girls win a five day trip for them and a friend to Edinburgh, Scotland flying Air New Zealand with accommodation and free entry to many visitor attractions thanks to VisitScotland.

VisitScotland International Marketing Manager Ewan Colville says that women the world over love Scottish men - the kilts, the accents and the Scots sense of humour.

"This is why our Date a Hot Scot campaign has been an outstanding success, and we're absolutely delighted it has impressed Air New Zealand so much that they're now promoting the concept in New Zealand.

"The prize winners will embark on an amazing trip, flying to Scotland courtesy of Air New Zealand and enjoy all that Scotland's festival city Edinburgh has to offer. From its vibrant nightlife and excellent shopping to its unique blend of ancient and contemporary culture, Edinburgh will captivate the winners as much as the legendary welcome they'll receive from the locals," he says.

The two single men, who just happen to like their single malt, will be in the country for a whirlwind week before heading back to Scotland next Sunday.

Launched in April to cater for the increased demand in travel to the UK, the Air New Zealand second UK service via Hong Kong will start flying from 28 October, 2006.

ENDS

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