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Surfing Stars Make Waves in Air New Zealand's New Safety Video

May 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Betty White, Bilbo Baggins, and bikini babes have all been featured in Air New Zealand safety videos at one point in time or another. So what does the airline have left to showcase in the latest version? Surfers!

Released just this week and quickly making its way to your seat-back screen, the latest entry to the airline safety video world is called "Surfing Safari."

The airline is teaming up with Sports Illustrated once again, but this time they’re also doing business with some serious professional surfers: ladies and gentleman like Anastasia Ashley, Laird Hamilton, and Maz Quinn. The video was shot everywhere from Australia and New Zealand to California, so expect lots of good looking scenery—and the beach bodies aren't too bad either. Check it out:

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Premium Economy on Air New Zealand is Like First Class (Except for Those Footrests)

May 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We showed you what flying SkyCouch on Air New Zealand was really like. Now it's time to upgrade to Premium Economy, which is what we paid for on our return flight from London to Los Angeles.

Since upgrading was a snap decision (we did it at the airport when the thought of 11 hours sitting in the second-to-last row of the plane was too much to bear), we weren't all that familiar with the premium economy product on Air NZ. We did walk through the seats at the end of our first flight and we admired the cool-looking "spaceseats", as they call them. (This is on the 777-300 planes, FYI.) But everything else was a bit of a mystery.

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What You Need to Know About Flying Air New Zealand's SkyCouch

May 6, 2015 at 6:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few years ago, Air New Zealand debuted the SkyCouch, which is comprised of three seats in a row in economy with foot rests that extend all the way up to create, well, a little couch on the airplane.

In theory, it is amazing and to some extent very democratic as it costs way less than premium economy and first class. But is SkyCouch comfortable? And can you really sleep in it? Yes and no.

In 2011, Jaunted contributor Eric Rosen took a nap on SkyCouch on a flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, so sleeping is definitely possible but he warned that SkyCouch was not meant for two people trying to get a full night's sleep during the flight. So when we upgraded our two economy tickets to SkyCouch for a trip from Los Angeles to London the other week (for about $500), we were skeptical of the sleeping situation.

Indeed when this editor and her husband made up the SkyCouch, it was not comfortable for the two of us to lay down at the same time.

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Are Airlines Ready for the Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

Can you hear it? That buzzing sound in your ears is the noise of hundreds of thousands of companies busily working on their Apple Watch apps.

Yesterday's formal reveal in San Francisco of the Apple Watch, as well as an updated Macbook, detailed the various version of the watches and the in-store release date of April 24. This means companies, including airlines and travel brands who are up on their technology, have little more than one month to develop their apps. .

Always happy to shout "FIRST!!!!!!" is Air New Zealand, who've already issued a release with the news that their app is done and ready to go, meaning they'll be the first airline with an Apple Watch app unless others join them on release day in April. Air New Zealand CIO Julia Raue says the airline’s developers visited Apple in California during the development of the app, so they mean business.

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Everyone Chime In Now: Who Has The Best Long-Haul Business Class?

January 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (4)

British Airways Club World

Let’s not beat about the bush: if you’re flying long-haul, business class is best. In fact, once you’ve turned left on a plane, and tasted that delicious champagne and that (hopefully) flat bed, it will take nerves of steel to cross an ocean in any other way.

But not all business classes are created equal. Some are worth that premium price; others less so. Some are best for working; others for sleeping; and others for simply feeling glam (as you'll see below, it's a very personal choice). So because, much as we’d like to, we can’t all afford biz all of the time, we asked the frequent flyers of Jaunted (plus an extremely knowledgeable friend) two questions: which business class is your favorite, and which would you not bother with? Because, if you’re going to splurge, it’d be a shame to land up with a dud, right? #firstworldproblemsalltheway

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Air New Zealand, Southwest, and ANA Are This Month's New Routes News

December 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air New Zealand:
For those who enjoy flying below the equator there’s a new exciting route heading towards the southern hemisphere thanks to the folks over at Air New Zealand. The new nonstop is planning to fly between Auckland and Buenos Aires beginning in December of 2015, so you have sometime to get those funds—or frequent flyer miles—saved up. Things could obviously change in a year, but it appears that the flights will operate back and forth three times each and every week aboard some Boeing 777s.

· Air Canada:
Time to head out of Canada, as Air Canada is getting ready to send some planes and people to and from Calgary International Airport. All in all there’s three new options—first is a daily nonstop between Calgary and Nanaimo—that’s in British Columbia—beginning on May 1. Around the same time the carrier will also be starting up some flights between Calgary and Halifax utilizing some Airbus 319s. Finally beginning on June 1 of next year it’ll be some new service between Calgary and Terrace-Kitimat—that’s in British Columbia too, and yes we had to look it up!

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Buckle Up with Elijah Wood in 'The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made'

October 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

"The Most Epic Safety Video Every Made." That's actually the title of Air New Zealand's newest mini-film, just posted yesterday and coming soon to its aircraft. It's definitely worth a watch, and we say this although we aren't the biggest Hobbit fans. It's just that good.

Starring Sir Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, other actors from the Hobbit films, and three actual Air New Zealand flight attendants, the 4.5-minute video has already amassed over 500,000 views in its first 24 hours, and you can imagine how many more will actually get to watch it onboard an AirNZ plane before flying off to the land of Lord of the Rings locations.

This fresh video does feature a few details you won't hear from airlines who haven't updated their safety spiels lately, like the note including e-cigarettes as part of the "No Smoking" rule, and the ability to use "lightweight, handheld electronic devices at any time."

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Try Before You Buy, as Air New Zealand Shows Off New Seats in San Francisco

October 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

The folks over at Air New Zealand are pretty darn excited to offer up some cool seats on their newest non-stop 777-300 service between Auckland and San Francisco, and they're about to brag all over the Bay City.

Service between the cities isn't actually new, but the airline used to fly Boeing 747s on it. Now that those big birds have been retired from their fleet, the 777 is doing the heavy lifting. With this aircraft switch comes a new and improved cabin for the 12-hour flight, finally including those futuristic SpaceSeats in premium economy and the comfy SkyCouch in economy.

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First! What Airline Will Claim the Inaugural Boeing 787-9 Flight?

August 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when it seemed that front page focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would peter out now that Boeing has delivered over 160 of them, the aircraft is again making headlines with the launch of a new version: the 787-9.

What that little "-9" brings is a bigger plane, as we've explained, and this week marks the introduction of the airliner to its first regularly scheduled commercial routes.

Who will have the honor of being first to fly the 787-9? The answer is figuratively up in the air, as both Air New Zealand and ANA are in a tug-of-war for the title. Let's break it down:

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Inside the First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

July 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

New airplane alert!

163 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying the skies right now, a number current as of this week. That includes 162 787-8s and 1 lonely 787-9 for Air New Zealand, which only headed from Boeing's headquarters in Everett, WA to its new home of Auckland, New Zealand at dawn this morning.

That 787-9 won't be lonely for long, however; over 25 airlines have placed orders for more than 400 of the sleek and efficient jets. So why are we getting excited for yet another Dreamliner? The answer is shockingly simple: it's awesomer. Sure, the original flavor 787-8 is great and Boeing will continue to roll them out, but the 787-9 is, as Daft Punk would sing, "harder, better, faster, stronger."

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Boeing's Latest and Greatest 787 Makes Strides Toward the Sky

June 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

Good news for fans of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner—like us—as the latest and greatest version of the airplane has been cleared to take to the skies.

Just the other day regulators and rule makers in both the United States and Europe gave the green light for the plane to continue on its way to the commercial skies. The approval has been granted to the bigger and badder version of the plane, as this one is the 787-9. It will be roughly 20 more feet in length when compared to its 787-8 sibling, and of course that means there’s room for a few more passengers as well.

So far there are 26 different airlines and aviation enthusiasts that have placed an order for this plane, and all in all Boeing is getting ready to deliver 413 of the new jets. Air New Zealand is scheduled to be the very first to fly the 787-9, and their plane should be reaching cruising altitude—complete with commercial passengers—before the year comes to an end.

[Photo: Midland Intl. Airport

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Air New Zealand's Business and Premium Economy Pouch

May 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Hopping across the Pacific is not a short, quick flight by any means. Thus, any little added comfort is a welcome bonus for passengers on flights that approach 12 or 13 hours, depending on the route. With this in mind, Air New Zealand provides an amenity kit both quirky and functional.

Passengers gearing up for extended period of time on the airline's 777-300s are greeted with a small, light grey felt pouch filled with goodies to ensure a comfy flight. We flew in Premium Economy one way and Business Class the other on a recent trip, and were offered the same exact amenity kit for both.

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