Flight Review: Air New Zealand – Sydney to Auckland

 

Flight Details:
Air New Zealand A320 – NZ 704
30 June 2012
Sydney to Auckland, Seat 07C
Departs 11:30am AEST / Arrives 04:35pm NZ Time

Flight Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes

Seat Configuration: 3-3 in economy

Check-in and Luggage Allowance:
Carry on luggage was weighed at check-in with an approval sticker placed on the bag to show proof that the weight was no more than 7kg.
In Economy, the luggage allowance on this flight is 23kg.
Check-in was quick and easy at the Air New Zealand counter especially when requesting an aisle seat, this request was confirmed instantly.

On time Service:
The flight was due to depart at 11:30am however due to the late arrival of the plane and the time to taxi out, the flight was delayed by approximately 15 minutes.
The good news was that the pilot made up time and the arrival into Auckland was 4:35pm.

Seat/Cabin experience:
The high overhead baggage compartments help make the cabins feel spacious. The black seats create a clean, sleek look while the added silver bag racks and entertainment remote and screen showcase a new fresh look. This is not often seen on a trip that is less than 3 hours.

Safety Video:
A special mention had to be made here regarding Air New Zealand’s cartoon safety video. The use of the actor Ed, who play’s Al Bundy in Married with Children and now stars in Modern Family, tells passengers what to do, really makes the video entertaining. Snoop Dog makes an appearance also in cartoon form. Looking around the cabin, everyone was glued to their screens and finally paying attention.
Smart thinking here Air New Zealand.

Entertainment:
Absolutely brilliant. Touch screen, simple to use, suitable for all ages, Air New Zealand’s entertainment system is impressive.
They even have a tab where you can click on “EAT & DRINK” and order snacks, hot and cold drinks, review your order, swipe your credit card and the food is delivered right to your seat. You are unable to use EFTPOS however with the strong Aussie dollar, the transaction is in NZD which is a savings in itself.
For those travelling on business, you can type in your email address and the receipt will be sent.
USB port is also available.

There are many more options to choose from to keep everyone entertained. There are games for the kids, destination videos, and music choices including Radio, audio books and music player not to mention the many movies to choose from.

Parents, there is also a kids safe option to ensure only G or PG rated movies are selected.

Meals & Snack Service:
As mentioned above, you can choose from the “EAT & DRINK” tab on the screen to order food or if you purchased your ticket with the works, you received a choice of either lamb with peas, pumpkin and potatoes or chicken with pasta. Both include a side salad and a chocolate brownie.

The Air New Zealand crew were full of smiles and attentive to all passengers especially the children.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.V
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