Air New Zealand Business Class
I recently had the opportunity to fly Air New Zealand Business Class and was completely blown away with the level of service and product that Air New Zealand offer. After an intense week of exploring the North island of New Zealand, I was heading home to Vancouver. Air New Zealand are the only airline to offer non-stop flights between Vancouver / Canada and New Zealand, however because I wanted to fly with my friends on this route, I chose to connect in Los Angeles so that I could join them on the flight there and back. Fly down I enjoyed Air New Zealand's Premium Economy in their Spacepod on the 777-300.
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Auckland - Los Angeles
Depart: 09:50 PM
Arrive: 03:00 PM
Duration: 12hr, 10min
Seat: 12J Business Class
After a rush to Auckland airport, I was happy to be there so I could relax. I was supposed to be flying Premium Economy but got upgraded at the check in counter, to Business Premier. My favourite thing about the check in process for Air New Zealand Premium Economy and Business Premier fliers, is the separate check in area seen in the photo on the above left. It takes you through to several personalized easy check in desks with staff there to assist you. From there you take an elevator to a separate customs and security line that fast tracks the whole process. After finishing up here, I made my way up to the Air New Zealand Lounge. This lounge is enormous, offers plenty of seating and seemingly goes on forever if you wanted to explore a little. I was hungry so I made my way to the bar and food area. The food and drink choices here vary from Indian dishes all the way to healthy salads, finishing with lots of different types of desserts. The drinks menu was just as big and offered an assortment of cocktails made by the bartender.
I boarded the flight ten minutes early to get some photos of the interior. The business premier cabin is open, spacious and had a futuristic feel to it. The 2-2-2 configuration doesn't feel on top of each other and despite seats facing in to each other, they are semi-private.
I had seat 12J at the rear of the business class cabin, it's not pictured here because I had all my gear on it but its my seat of choice in this cabin because of the privacy not having anyone behind you.
Here's where things get blurry for me, I was so exhausted that I asked the air steward to make my bed and within minutes of putting my head down, I was fast asleep... for 9 hours!
Sadly I missed dinner but after a week of non-stop adventure, it was so good to put my head down in the fully lay-flat seat, wrap myself up in the comfy blanket and pass out. I'm 5'9 and when this seat is converted to a bed it would be able to fit even the tallest of people comfortably.
I woke to the smell of coffee drifting through the air, possibly the best smell to wake up to regardless of if I was on a plane or not. I opted for a light breakfast because we were due to land shortly in Los Angeles. I had some time to enjoy a short TV show on the large IFE screen, have a second... and third coffee before the captain come on the intercom and asked us to prepare for landing.
I don't think I've ever slept so well on a flight before! Overall Air New Zealand offers an incredible Business Class product with great service from their staff, I can't recommend them enough.