Thousands of permanent Air New Zealand staff will get $1000 worth of company shares.
Chief executive Greg Foran told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's to say thank you for the job they've done over the past 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He says the staff have gone above and beyond - including pilots who've had over a hundred Covid-19 tests and endured stints in managed isolation.
"We wanted to say thank you and I appreciate our board, and I appreciate everyone supporting what we've done here."
Horan also thinks Air New Zealand can get their long haul routes restarted at some point next year after people have had a chance to be vaccinated.