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Ed Sims, Air New Zealand's international airline group general manager, is leaving the company.

The airline said that after a successful 10 years with the business, Sims has decided to pursue other opportunities.

He will leave towards the end of this year, or early next year.

Sims joined Air New Zealand in 2001 as vice-president of the airline's retail division and became vice-president of marketing and alliances the following year. He was appointed to his present role in December 2003.