Founded in 1945, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is an internationally affiliated professional association and trade union that represents 2300 New Zealand pilots and air traffic controllers. Our goals include the pursuit of excellence in professional and technical standards, the advancement and improvement of aviation safety, and to provide a "voice" for our members on aviation issues. We work hard to achieve all of these things and in doing so ensure our members' individual and collective rights and interests are preserved. We provide on-the-job protection and guidance, ensuring the livelihood of our members does not come under threat.

We are actively involved with the affairs of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA). We have developed and maintained relationships with other Member Associations in various regions in the world, which allows us to collaborate on a range of international issues and provide our members support while they are overseas.

We oversee four important functions on behalf of our members: 

  • Safety and Security 
  • Representation 
  • Advocacy 
  • Insurance