Did you know that The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Last Samurai, The Piano and Frighteners are filmed in the country of New Zealand? The rich country with Maori origin, food, wine and people who made a name in history. Join me as we discover and experience how it is to fly with the flag carrier of the historical country of New Zealand.
History and Facts
Air New Zealand was founded in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) wherein the New Zealander and Australian government share 50-50% stake. In 1960, New Zealand bought back the 50% stake from Australia and that’s when the name was officially changed to Air New Zealand. The current leader and CEO of the airline, Mr. Christopher Luxon, is a 45 year old American businessman and the former president of Unilever Canada prior to Air New Zealand
The national carrier of New Zealand is operating at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International Airports with a total fleet size of 54 (excluding their subsidiaries) serving over 55 routes worldwide. Air NZ’s logo is a stylized Māori koru which is a fern frond unfolding used on Polynesian canoes, the livery of the airlines means new life, growth and renewal.
Air NZ caters four types of cabin classified as Economy, Premium Economy, Business and Business Premier. The difference of the four cabin classes depends on their flight route and haul. Economy Class and Business Class are for passengers with short haul flights wherein on the other side, Premium Economy and Business Premier are for passengers on long haul flights.
Customers are served with variety of international cuisines and beverages depending on which class the passengers are in. However, all cabin classes are served with complimentary tea, coffee and water. To keep entertained Air New Zealand has a seatback audio video on demand and allows personal electronic devices on board.
Official Website and Mobile App
The website of the airlines kept it simple and precise with a black and white colors and a happy family picture gives a welcoming embrace to travelers. The page’s functions lets travelers be inspired by ideas, tourist attractions worldwide and also search and book flights, hotel reservations and car rentals. Like other airlines Air NZ’s official website provides options to check-in online and/or manage their bookings.
However the language selector is slightly different to others because it’s located on the bottom left as “New Zealand site change”, once you click change it will direct travelers to another page just to select their country or language preference. Through that. customers will get their version of country of origin which includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada Brazil, UK, Deutschland and France. These services are also offered in their mobile app, ready to be download for iOS and Android users.
Air New Zealand Reviews of Passengers
According to the majority of Air New Zealand reviews, the airline is getting lots of praises from customers. Most of them said that Air New Zealand was unique with friendly staff, good meal and efficient service, they even compared the airline to be better than Jetstar and Air France.
One reviewer on the 30th of October 2015 said that they’re a wonderful airline. The served food was tasty, the inflight service was the best among what she had experienced. She even ended her review saying “I always try to book with AirNZ over other airlines.” She gave Air New Zealand a 9 out of 10 score by AirlineRatings.com
- Website URL: www.airnewzealand.co.nz
- Contact number: +64 9 357 30 00
- Contact Email: email@example.com
- Fax Number: +64 9 256 35 31
- Head Office Address: 185 Fanshawe Street, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
In The End
Based on Air New Zealand reviews, the New Zealander airline doesn’t have much to offer but was able to maintain a certain standard of service throughout the years. They were able to receive several awards since 2010. The most recent was being the “Airline of the Year” by AirlineRatings.com and “World’s Best Premium Economy Class” by Skytrax.
What can you say about their silent victory? Feel free to leave a comment below.