New Zealand is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. With it’s stunning landscapes and even better wine, this across the globe destination is certainly high on my bucketlist.
But with flight times nearing an entire day you don’t want to be cramped up in the usual aeroplane position eating soggy food and paying through the nose for a cuppa every three hours. So Air New Zealand invited me along to their pop-up event in London to show me what flying with them could be like with beds, quality entertainment and free food and drink….even in economy!
After my first business class experience last year I’m 100% sold on the idea of upgrading to a bit of luxury for a super long or special flight. And during my time with Air New Zealand I not only got to lounge in their Business Premier cabin seats but I also taste their incredible menu – more on that in a moment!
However, one of the best things I discovered about Air New Zealand flights was the amount of leg room and seat customisation in economy and premium economy for a fraction of the price of business – you can even lie down and have a nap!
Not only are your food and drinks complimentary in both economy and premium economy but Air New Zealand have a seat feature called Skycouch which enables you to pull up the leg rests in your economy seats and create a bed big enough for a couple or two adults and a child – genius! Skycouch enables you to purchase all three seats for the price of 2.5 so you can fly with comfort and sleep whenever you like. I think it’s such a nifty idea and certainly one to consider if you’re flying long haul with Air NZ.
Or, for around £250 extra each way you can upgrade to premium economy with reclinable seats and footrests which enable you to lounge and sleep in your own seat throughout the flight – a great gateway between economy and the fully flat beds in business. The room was excellent and your headrest folds out to create support for your pillow…no more numb arms and sore necks trying to nap on your armrest!
But for ultimate comfort and indulgence, Air New Zealand’s roomy Business Premier cabin allows you to completely immerse yourself in your flight experience and go about your day (and night) on board in style. With roomy fully flat beds, storage, charging stations, fold out tables and memory foam mattress toppers you can guarantee a great rest on your long haul flight.
For the event we were treated to lunch by one of Air New Zealand’s head chefs Peter Gordon and given a taste of what the premium food aboard is really like.
“It’s not airline food. It’s just really great food that’s served on airline”
– Peter Gordon
From fresh smoked salmon (Air New Zealand never use frozen fish), to succulent chicken salads. Slow roasted lamb, spicy curry and a sweet and indulgent treacle tart the menus aboard Air New Zealand are exquisite. With dishes designed with fresh local ingredients from the home country and destination country, you get a real flavour of not only where you’re travelling to but also where you’ve come from.
Paired excellently with New Zealand wines tasted on the ground and picked for altitude you really do get the full dining experience with Air New Zealand. Their menus are designed with an array of textures and moisture to withstand the humidity of the plane and are lovingly plated up by your cabin crew and served at your seat with style. Cooked in the oven like usual plane food but arranged delicately with proper plates and cutlery, you’ll forget you’re flying with this food in front of you!
Who would have thought this was made on a plane?!
If I hadn’t flown business class before I wouldn’t have believed this quality of food could be served in an aeroplane but Peter Gordon and his team really have outdone themselves with the menus. Everything we tasted was full of flavour and quite simply delicious – it blew me away.
It’s clear that the entire Air New Zealand team put so much passion into what they do and the food they serve. When lunch came to an end I didn’t want to land…well, leave! I’d certainly recommend flying with Air New Zealand for your next trip, and if the budget allows then treat yourself to an upgrade and have a glass of NZ Sauv Blanc for me!
It’s not only New Zealand that Air New Zealand fly – why not check out their destinations and get inspired!