COMMENT:

Air New Zealand is on the hunt for a new chief executive to replace Christopher Luxon, who leaves the company on September 25. If history is a guide that appointment will be made very soon and the board will have already fixed on firm candidates, almost certainly from outside the airline. Luxon's appointment was announced six months ahead of him moving into the chief executive's office at the start of 2013 so the handover period will be even shorter this time. Here are some of the challenges they will face.

The extraordinarily high profile of the job

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Financial turbulence

Keeping Air New Zealanders as happy as they have been

Competition that won't go away

The usual airline risks - and they can be scary