Airline Review

AIRLINE REVIEW :AIR NEW ZEALAND

AIRLINE REVIEW :AIR NEW ZEALAND

Air New Zealand is consistently rated among t he world’s best international airlines.

CLUB LOUNGE The Air New Zealand business class lounge is on the second floor and is one of the nicest lounges at LAX. It has stocked refrigerators with cold drinks, a bar and all kinds of real food (not just peanuts and pretzels). There are also showers, computers and free WiFi. The agents are super-friendly and the flight purser even went around to all the premium passengers to introduce himself and answer any questions.

767 BUSINESS CLASS Business class on the 767-300 plane isn’t like that on their 747-400 or even their 777. Their 747 has the best seats around with flat beds and individual pods. The 767s seats were just okay. They are configured 2-2-2 up front and 2-3-2 in economy. All the seats are leather but they don’t have much of a leg rest so I used my carry-on as one. The seat felt a bit narrow. But just like the 747, each seat comes with a fresh clean pillow, semi-noise cancelation headsets, a fleece blanket and an amenity kit with a toothbrush, mask, earplugs and lotion.

ON BOARD There are power ports for regular plugs and a USB port to charge iPods. There’s also a 10-inch touch screen with more options for movies, TV, music, games, than you’ll have time to watch. The live map is high tech with it’s screen of the pilot dashboard and its instrument reading (speed, altitude). The graphics for the different time zones were also a nice touch but it lacked one component: how much time left in the flight. Although the seats weren’t as comfortable or lie-flat like my last Air New Zealand flight, I still slept for a good portion of the flight.

– John E. DiScala (a.k.a. Johnny Jet) travels around 150,000 miles and visits about 20 countries each year.

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