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Return of Aragorn and Legolas: Air New Zealand Debuts Newest Flying Billboard

Los Angeles, CA - November 19, 2003

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Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen greeted Air New Zealand's "The Return of the King"-themed aircraft.

Air New Zealand
Leading up to the December 17, 2003 U.S. release of New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Air New Zealand, "Airline to Middle-earth," unveiled the third in their fleet of "The Lord of the Rings"-themed planes this week at LAX. Featuring designs inspired by the third and final film in producer/director/co-writer Peter Jackson's trilogy, the Boeing 747-400 aircraft depicts Lake Wanaka looking towards the Matukituki Valley in New Zealand's South Island -- a sweeping backdrop of tussock, lake and mountain, inset with the faces of cast members Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas).

No one brings you closer to New Zealand or Middle-earth. Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including a total of 37 flights per week from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa. The readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines consistently rate Air New Zealand among the world's best international airlines. Visit Air New Zealand online at www.airnewzealand.com for web specials or call 1-800-369-6867.

On December 17, 2003 New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" concludes the compelling journeys at the heart of J.R.R. Tolkien's revered trilogy. Produced, co-written and directed by Peter Jackson, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson. The screenplay is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Jackson based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Cast members include (in alphabetical order) Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, and Elijah Wood.

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