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Grabbing A Seat Long Haul: NZ2- The Flagship Route  
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 31181 times:

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Grabbing A Seat Long Haul: NZ2- The Flagship Route

Introduction

Those who have been reading my trip reports from the moment I started publishing them will be familiar with the title used for this one. Air New Zealand has a website called grabaseat.co.nz and they post ‘ludicrously low fares’ every day. Usually these are domestic flights that are slightly discounted from their usual lowest price for a certain period but every now and then, they have very tempting flights on offer. They include $1 one way domestic fares and also some great international deals (in the past they’ve had $1 plus taxes for international flights and also NZ$13 one way all inclusive AKL-OOL which I just missed out on). Obviously, these are planned to be for the off-season of the airline and luckily, one of those times happens to be mid-late November – perfect for the university student who finishes exams in early-mid November to get away before the school holidays start when fares rocket through the roof!

One day in October, some fares from Auckland to San Francisco popped up for some dates in the future. I thought a little about it but then decided to wait as I believed Los Angeles would pop up in the coming days. So a week later, I was proven right and some AKL-LAX flights popped up for NZ$999 return – just less than half price for an ‘on special’ fare to LAX (in fact, AKL-YVR specials popped up the week after too). Upon glancing across the few dates available for AKL-LAX, I purchased tickets for my first long haul adventure on Air New Zealand.



Greetings to you all and welcome to my 17th trip report. This report covers my flight on NZ2 from Auckland to Los Angeles on a Boeing 747-400. The flight number NZ1/2 is the number which signifies the most importance of any Air New Zealand route- the flagship route from Auckland to London via Los Angeles. It has been operated by a 747 for many years but will soon be replaced by the 777-300ER as NZ phase the jumbos out of service. I’m only going halfway this time but I do hope you enjoy this report of mine which happens to be my first long haul flight in many years.

Air New Zealand is my home airline, hence my username also partially depicting that. Their website is super easy to navigate and it’s probably too easy to purchase tickets! They allow seats to be selected immediately after you book. By the time I had come to seat selection, most of the plane was full so I settled with a window seat towards the rear of the aircraft. The Air NZ website is so easy to use. I kept changing seats to one where there was an empty middle seat in the block of 3 next to the window.


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 31609 times:

18 November 2010

With exams over the week before, I was super excited for the trip. The week flew past and the day finally came where I’d be jumping on my first 747 flight in 9 years. I watched the sun set as I headed for the airport.

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Not long after, I arrived at the airport and headed straight for the check in counters at 8:25pm. There was a fairly large and ever growing queue of passengers with only 3 or 4 counters open. It took them 15 minutes to realise that this was insufficient and the line was moving too slowly so they suddenly doubled the number of counters. This sped the process up a lot and not long after that, I was on my way after a pleasant experience at check in and getting the seat I had requested.


Entrance to the Air NZ check in area – left for the self serve check in kiosks for those going to Australia/Pacific Islands and right for long haul
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Check in area
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Boarding Pass
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Auckland Airport is gearing up for the Rugby World Cup which is happening later next year. So one of the main sponsors, Emirates, has a mini grandstand in the area just before passing through immigration!

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FIDS
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Plane ‘ride’ in the kids’ corner
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Smartgate, the electronic system setup for passengers with Australian and New Zealand passports is now ready for use when departing the country. It was not quite available by the time I left for USA but it means bypassing the queues when heading airside.

Those barriers would be removed now!
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Individual smartgate machine
Nice roomy area before passing through customs
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After saying goodbye to my parents, I was off upstairs for the usual visit to the observation deck at AKL. Being so late in the evening, there was basically no traffic apart from some Convairs doing freighter runs down the country. On the way to the observation deck, they had a small photography display area:

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And also a view on the progress of the airside.. More about it later.

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The observation deck looks over the even numbered gates on the main pier (Gates 2-8). The aircraft which was happily waiting at Gate 6 was ZK-SUH and it was being prepared to take me to LAX.

ZK-SUH
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Because there were few movements, it wasn’t long before I was bored so I headed airside. There was no queue at immigration and I was straight through without any problems or random bomb screening. All staff were helpful and friendly, like they should be to give people a final good impression of this country. Once through the security checkpoint, you’re airside and bombarded with the two duty free stores at AKL: DFS and JR. They’re quite nice but not quite tempting enough.

Cool feature directly after customs/security
JR Duty Free
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DFS[b/]
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So a bit more about the revamp at AKL for the World Cup. Auckland Airport decided to expand the customs area and cut down on the landside area of the departures hall. This had led to a much larger area airside for things uniquely New Zealand with areas for things like wine tasting. There’s also a massive tree-like structure which marks the centrepiece of this new design. It was seen a few pictures earlier too but looks much more impressive from ground level. I hope it’s a bit closer to completion when I next pass through in January.

[b]The ‘Tree’

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This area is extremely spacious right now. I really hope it remains that way.

Airside FIDS is a little different to the landside one. It gives approximate boarding times, eg. “15 mins until boarding”, unlike the ones landside. The digital clock is also a nice feature!

Gate 2’s markings with a few aircraft types which haven’t been here for a while!
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Down the new pier
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I also came across this FIDS which was completely screwed up.. Frozen from 5 hours prior to me taking a look at it!

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At least the main one was fine though.
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I refilled my bottle airside and was glad to know that I didn’t have to re-empty it before going through the second checkpoint. There was this awesome bottle refilling machine I had never seen before – you just place your bottle on the machine and it automatically fills.




I really don’t see the point of the numerous PA announcements telling everyone who is heading to North America to clear customs immediately. There is no need for immediately clearing security, even if there are 2 security screenings to be performed – one directly after customs and another just before the gate. With nothing else to do between the normal airside and US airside, I decided to pass through the next security checkpoint so I could rest and listen to my iPod while waiting for my flight.

Looking towards the security checkpoint
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There are 2 gates at Auckland Airport which are sealed for when flights are leaving to North America. These gates are Gates 6 and 8, both of which can hold widebodies (obviously required). Little did I realise what was actually beyond that checkpoint. There were seats around the 2 gate areas, 2 vending machines, a coffee cart and 4 toilets. Just before the flight, there was a huge queue for these toilets. I’d hate to find out what it’s like when there are 2 flights departing at the same time to North America.

The small gate area: Gate 6 is in the picture and Gate 8 is beyond the toilet block centre screen
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A bit of relaxing at the empty and dark area around Gate 8 finally made way for a boarding call that wasn’t heard well from where I was but it started on time. A whole lot of people were just waiting back from the boarding area so I assume I only missed the J, Y+, *A Gold, Koru Club members, families and assistance required boarding call. Eventually they called for those in the last section of Economy to board and so I was onboard at 10:40pm. There was a “Thank you, Mr Young” as the stub was ripped off and the larger portion of the boarding pass was handed back to me.



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 31565 times:

Flight Information

18 November 2010
Routing: Auckland – Los Angeles (AKL-LAX)
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ 2
Scheduled Time of Departure: 2300hrs (GMT+13)
Actual Departure: 2302hrs (pushback), 2315hrs (rotate) (GMT+13)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1400hrs (GMT-8)
Touchdown: 1331hrs (GMT-8)
Flight time: 11hr 29 min
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (-475)
Registration: ZK-SUH, City of Dunedin
Seat: 62K


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ZK-SUH has an interesting history. It was delivered new to Varig at the end of May 1991 and served for 3 years before being taken up by ILFC and not long after was leased by Air NZ on the 8th November 1994 making it 10 days past its 16th anniversary for flying with NZ. The registration comes directly from the initials of the man in charge of ILFC back then – Steven Udvar-Hazy. SUH is apparently destined to stay on as one of the two 744s retained beyond the 777-300ER EIS.


Boarding
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Only one airbridge is used – only 2 gates at AKL have dual airbridges and they’re both on the new pier for the A380 which NZ doesn’t use frequently.

Down the airbridge
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At the door of my first 747 in a long time!
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I was warmly welcomed on board, not by name though, and politely asked to take the far aisle.

Stairway to heaven (Yes, I do use this term a lot but the upper deck is full of so much exclusivity!)
Where I belong for this flight
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Window block
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My seat next to the window


So I reached my seat. Row 62 on Air New Zealand is the first row affected by the tapering of the aircraft fuselage and is shown by the misalignment of the tray table to the seat. But in saying that, it’s minimal enough to not really notice. The only drawback I notice after reviewing the photos is the reduced under seat storage space for the window seat. The wall alongside the seat tapers in quite a bit compared with the seats further in front which have a massive area underneath the seat for storage. The IFE box didn’t worry me at all. The seat pitch is 34” in Air New Zealand’s 747-400 and allows for a lot of stretching space for someone like me! Too bad that once the 744s are phased out, the biggest seat pitch in the fleet will be 32” shared by both the 772 and 77W. The seat itself is quite comfortable.

Tonnes of legroom
Tray table misalignment
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The IFE system currently on the 744 and 772 is a Rockwell Collins one and is about 5 years old now. With the 77Ws coming with the Panasonic system, the 772s will be retrofitted with them when they get around to it. That should be done by the end of 2012.. By then, EK would probably have found a better version of ICE to replace what they already have  

The selection is definitely not as thorough as EK’s – no airline’s selection is. But it has semi recent movies and (hopefully) enough of them to keep one entertained for the flight. Music selection is fairly limited and I was surprised to see some of my favourite bands missing from the album list (Coldplay, U2). The remote is in the armrest and in a much better position than the QF A330 because it is extremely hard to knock and change channel etc. It isn’t a touch screen unit so you have to use the remote.

Air New Zealand recently removed the inflight magazines from every seat pocket on these long haul international flights to save weight. So if you want one, you need to ask the flight attendant.

IFE main menu
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The remote
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IFE guide
Airshow – for some reason it displays a 772!
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As time ticked closer to pushback, it seemed that the seat would remain empty next to me. And it was the case when the 2L was closed for takeoff. It’s interesting that Air NZ don’t have the announcement that EK has of “all ground crew should be off the plane now, this plane is bound for XXX”. I noticed a lack of air vents again - I guess it’s not a feature of any widebodies either Boeing or Airbus? But I suppose the ventilation is very good on these flights – it was just the right temperature and never got too cold/too hot. The captain made an announcement before pushback estimating a flight time of 11 hr 25 min. It wasn’t long until we were pushed back from the gate and eventually all 4 GE CF-6 engines were fired up.

Window view
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Empty apron looking back to the main part of the terminal
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Cabin from my seat
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Bye Auckland!
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Airshow
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Lining up 05R
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And we were off, hurtling down 05R with much more of a roar than an A380 and off into the skies above Auckland.

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Off into the darkness
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7 minutes after takeoff, the seatbelt sign was switched off. A water run was made to my surprise, directly after the switching off of the seatbelt sign, after the lack of water runs on the EK A380 in the past. US immigration forms were handed out soon after. Hot towels were also circulated around the same time. I decided to watch a movie and planned for it to finish around the time of dinner being collected so I could get some sleep. There was so much legroom that I used my bag as a footrest and stretched out fully. My Bose noise cancelling headset must have drastically improved the quality of the sound over normal headphones.



Air NZ utilise the IFE system very well to inform the passengers of things instead of blasting it over the PA. You just hope that most people understand English.

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Done for me already – meal choices. No idea what the light choice is!
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There was another announcement made in the same fashion to ask for the window shades to be lowered as a courtesy of other passengers who were trying to sleep.

So dinner was served 1 hour after takeoff. With the choice of beef casserole or fish pie, I opted for the beef. I’ve been advised that the fish pie has actually been pulled from the long haul menu due to being quite umpopular, only surviving 3 weeks and has now been replaced by chicken. This is all bound to change when the 77Ws come online and the food produced from the onboard ovens will make for a much different aircraft food experience. The drinks cart soon followed and I opted for a ginger ale (Cheers, PH!) and a Pinot Noir. The starter was some sort of pasta salad dish with a few raisins in it. On the tray was also a bun, some cheese and crackers and also a tub of Kapiti double cream and cookies ice cream. The pasta was nice and refreshing. The main of beef casserole was very good and didn’t even require the extra salt and pepper. I couldn’t see the tomato in the dish which was apparently a main part of the dish. There was also not enough rice served on the plate for my liking. It’s great that NZ still use ceramic dishes to serve their food in. The ice cream was to die for and topped off the meal nicely.

Dinner
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Trays were cleared within 50 minutes after the meal being served. It was time for a short walk around the cabin before lights were dimmed. The lavatories are of a standard size but NZ’s economy lavatories have no extra amenities so it looks pretty bare.

Lavatory
Rear Economy cabin
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Lights were out 2 hours after takeoff and after I had settled back in my seat. By that stage, we were basically crossing the International Date Line and making our way back to Thursday, 18th November.

Crossing the International Date Line
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A good 2.5 hr sleep and I somehow woke up. I peered out the window to see just a little bit of light coming over the horizon and stayed up until the sun had risen. It was a magnificent sight, one I had never experienced before.

Light creeping around the corner while the Southern Cross and the Pointers can be seen
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Sun poking out
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Beautiful!
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That’s all I needed to see for a while and I was back for another sleep and managed another 3.75 hours of sleep. The sun was well up by the time I woke up again.

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Not that far to go


Cloud at 37,000ft
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The food must have been the thing to wake me up as a mere 5 minutes later, breakfast was served. The choice was scrambled eggs or pancakes with apple and blueberry bits. I went for the latter and was certainly not disappointed by the meal. It tasted really nice, especially with the apple and manuka honey syrup drizzled over the top of it. Bits of melon and pineapple were also served along with apricot yoghurt and orange juice on the tray table itself. I asked for an apple juice to accompany this meal when the drinks cart was wheeled through.

Breakfast
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Nice view while eating breakfast, most window shades remained closed until sometime after breakfast
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40 minutes later, breakfast was cleared and it was time for another stretch and more of a look around the Y cabin.

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Rear cabin from the other side
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Middle Economy cabin
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Front Economy cabin
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Interesting walkway at the back of the plane with mirrors
#4 GE CF-6
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Window shades were finally opened at the top of descent into LAX – about half an hour out from landing. The weather was great – you could see how far Los Angeles spread into the distance. It was such a smooth descent into Runway 25L at LAX and we touched down at 1:31pm local. And just like that, my long haul flight to LAX was over!

Nice bright 744 Economy cabin!
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Santa Catalina Island
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Crossing the coast into USA
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The vast urban sprawl of Greater LA
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Knott’s Berry Farm
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Crossing the 405
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Short final
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Touchdown
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Spoilers up
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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 31446 times:

Los Angeles has so many planes that don’t come to Auckland so the long taxi around to Terminal 2 from the southern runways was quite some treat! Because they are constructing a brand new TBIT, the taxiway I had once been familiar with from my first flight to LAX 9 years previously is now a massive construction site and so the planes are forced to taxi around all the hangars as well. But that gives a better view of the aircraft!

Vacating 25L, view of CA, El AL, CX, EK, AA, DL
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Crossing 25R
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Lufthansa
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Construction site where the old taxiway used to be
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AA 752
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VA 77W
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The A380/RR saga was in full swing around the time of the trip so I was expecting to see a whole bunch of Qantas planes sitting around. I wasn’t let down as we passed right by them. I counted 3x A380s, 3x 744s and an A332. It made me feel as if I had landed in Sydney!

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VH-OQF getting its engines removed
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SQ pushback.. A380 soon?
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KLM 744 Combi
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AF/KL in one shot at LAX
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SQ off to depart on 24L, AF making its way to the gate
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GPS proxy
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So the taxi in took about 15 minutes and I had quite a wait to disembark seeing that I was at the back of the plane. Another 10 minutes later, I was out of my seat, heading for terra firma of America. The pilots reminded everyone to take everything they owned off the plane as everything else would be removed from the plane.

Rear Economy cabin
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Premium Economy
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Peek through to Business


I thanked the crew and disembarked the plane.

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There was a huge line as we got off the plane but that was for transiting passengers, not those terminating at LAX. So down the escalator we competed for queue spots with those who had just arrived from CDG and lined up for US customs. The queue down at customs was probably longer than the transit line, especially in the ‘Non-US citizens” line. There were a couple of people from the AF flight who managed to cut the queue and amazingly nobody stopped them or told them off for doing it. They managed to save at least 30 minutes from doing that. I was talking to someone in the queue about it and she was telling me that if it was in Great Britain, they wouldn’t get away with it. It’s probably the same deal in New Zealand; but does France have different queuing etiquette? We were basically the last people out of the 2 flights to clear US immigration but it was simple enough with clear instructions as to what to do but it didn’t take long before I was landside at LAX. Someone had taken all the suitcases off the carousel so it was simply a case of pulling up the handle and walking to the ‘quarantine’ checkpoint where I was waved through, met my aunty at the other end and headed off for their place.


Conclusion

I can’t believe I hadn’t flown long haul with Air New Zealand (or even a Star Alliance carrier for that matter) prior to this flight. Air New Zealand provides an excellent product in Economy at present. You can’t complain about 34 inches of legroom for a long haul flight. Flight attendants couldn’t be faulted for their great service. Meals were of a decent size – enough to remain satisfied on. It would have been nice if mood lighting was introduced a lot longer before the current generation of planes – small tweaks such as mood lighting would make the 747-400 a superb aircraft. IFE has enough content to keep one entertained and also has some NZ comedy programmes such as Moon TV. I actually wished that the flight was longer to give me more time on an Air NZ 747 and receive more of the wonderful service! It was an amazing experience and I have no problems recommending Air New Zealand on long haul flights.


I thank you for reading if you have managed to get this far! Comments are greatly appreciated.


Regards,
Nicholas


Camera Equipment:
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Previous Trip Reports:
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 1 2008 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 2/2: AKL-NPE-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 22 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air New Zealand: NZ105 AKL-SYD Economy (by NZ107 Feb 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
A Whale Of A Time: Emirates A380 Inaugural SYD-AKL (by NZ107 Feb 15 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 1 Air NZ AKL-WLG-AKL (by NZ107 Jun 24 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 2 JQ/DJ AKL (by NZ107 Jul 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 1: Air NZ AKL-CHC-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 2: EK A380 Revisited (by NZ107 Jan 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 3: East Coast Adventure (by NZ107 Feb 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 4: Int'l On Domestic (by NZ107 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 5: Capital Stopover (by NZ107 Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 6: Homebound On EK A380 (by NZ107 Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 7: The DUD Diversion (by NZ107 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Touch Of Nostalgia - Jumpseating The CV580 (by NZ107 Aug 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mission A340: Aerolineas Argentinas A342 AKL-SYD (by NZ107 Sep 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mission A340: Emirates A340-500 MEL-AKL (by NZ107 Nov 12 2010 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinemanfredj From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 31061 times:

Wow, I'm certainly impressed with your trip report. This is the first of your's I've read and it will prompt me to look at more of them.
The first thing that struck me is how incredible the food looked. I would almost say the quality is as good as US carriers business class. The use of real plates is a nice touch and the pancakes looked quite good. Is that a real glass I noticed at dinner time?

The 747 looks to be in great shape and the IFE screens seem to be the perfect size. Over all, very impressive trip report. The 747 has a mystique about it unmatched by any other airplane. Thanks for the read.



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 30982 times:
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Hi Nicholas

Let me be one of the first to congratulate you flew on the Air NZ flagship route and share with us this great TR!

Seeing your TR illustation of Air NZ 744 Y, make me want to swap seats of my upcoming Business Premier trip on Air NZ 744 with Economy !  

Both meal looks very delicious. I love the Air NZ menu showing on the screen, and water right after takeoff approach.

Kudos to you and Air NZ!

Cheers and Congrat again! Trust you have really enjoyed USA

Sam


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30917 times:

Great trip report! NZ looks like it's an excellent airline! There has been talks around that 2 or 3 airlines will become a the newest full 5-star airline (Skytrax) and NZ might be one of them! Dinner looks good, glad that they served it in real ceramics; just like the one we had in our recent OZ flight. The breakfast looks amazing and it's quite unusual to see pancakes in Y class, its ALWAYS the usual soggy omelets and sausages these days. Anyways, NZ looks like a great carrier, too bad I probably have NO chance of flying with them, as I live in the east coast.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
but does France have different queuing etiquette?

Tell me about it, we arrived at JFK on OZ 222 from ICN last summer and after we landed, an XL 767 from Paris landed after us, I realized that XL operates out of T4, the same terminal we are arriving at. Long story short, we de-boarded at the same time, the XL flight at the A concourse, we de-boarded at the B concourse. We were one of the first ones to arrive in the immigration area since we were seated up front and it just so happens that the first few passengers from the XL also arrived, then hundreds of French tourists started running like hell to the non-citizen line, it was a chaos! They were running, we started running, as well as the other passengers in our flight. We ended up waiting 10-15 minutes, not that bad. Quite an experience.

Again, an amazing trip report!  



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 30643 times:
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Really nice report! Great pictures too from our journey. Your view from AKL brought back memories of a trip there many years ago .. I'd love to get back! I vaguely remember the airport ..

I also like approaching LAX from high above .. you do really get a good perspective of the vast area!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)

[Edited 2010-12-06 18:24:10]

User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 30469 times:

Hi Nicholas

I have to congratulate you for making an absolutely amazing report with many excellent pictures on NZ's Flagship Route. NZ's Long haul product definately is excellent and is something you look forward too whenever you fly with them.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
This report covers my flight on NZ2 from Auckland to Los Angeles on a Boeing 747-400.

I guess you wanted to make sure you caught an NZ 744 before they eventually leave the skies. The only time I ever flew on a NZ 744 was about 9 years ago and I hardly remember that flight.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
So a bit more about the revamp at AKL for the World Cup. Auckland Airport decided to expand the customs area and cut down on the landside area of the departures hall. This had led to a much larger area airside for things uniquely New Zealand with areas for things like wine tasting. There’s also a massive tree-like structure which marks the centrepiece of this new design. It was seen a few pictures earlier too but looks much more impressive from ground level. I hope it’s a bit closer to completion when I next pass through in January.

The transformation of Auckland Airport definately has impressed me. It looks really crisp and modern nowadays. A big    to AKL.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The seat pitch is 34” in Air New Zealand’s 747-400 and allows for a lot of stretching space for someone like me! Too bad that once the 744s are phased out, the biggest seat pitch in the fleet will be 32” shared by both the 772 and 77W. The seat itself is quite comfortable.

It definately would be nice if NZ kept the 34' seat pitch on all of it's long haul aircraft. Something that will help keep the good perception NZ has as a carrier.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
It tasted really nice, especially with the apple and manuka honey syrup drizzled over the top of it. Bits of melon and pineapple were also served along with apricot yoghurt and orange juice on the tray table itself. I asked for an apple juice to accompany this meal when the drinks cart was wheeled through.

You don't usually see pancakes as a breakfast option in Y but that meal looks absolutely mouthwatering.

Thank you for your great trip report

Regards
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 30393 times:

Very nice trip report. Excellent pictures. Your trip report is perfect timing. I am starting to research a 4 month RTW trip commencing in September 2011. If I purchase a *A RTW ticket, three of the legs I may select (SFO-AKL, AKL-NRT and LHR-LAX) are on NZ due to their superior reputation. While most airlines seem to be reducing the quality of their Y product, NZ continues to improve how they take care of those of us who usually can only afford to fly in steerage. If I can upgrade to a higher class this trip I will depending on the cost. According to the RTW fine print, I may be able to upgrade my ticket to Y+ on some of the longer legs.

Cheers,

Jim



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 30322 times:

Fantastic trip report! Makes me want to fly a long haul flight tonight! Thanks.


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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12162 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 30207 times:
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
This area is extremely spacious right now. I really hope it remains that way

One word best describes this WOW!


Did you get a photo showing the first few seats on the ABC side in economy which shows well the window locations?


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 30032 times:

I'm impressed, definitely 5 stars trip reports.
All the photos are amazing.
Many many thanks to you!
net-hkt



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User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1024 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 29909 times:

Hi Nicholas

great TR, and great to see you fly on NZ's B744 - still my favourite aircraft/airline combination   And I agree with your conclusion: NZ provides an excellent Y product, and can easily compete with any airline, including SQ and EK.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
micha


User currently offlineNZdsgnr From New Zealand, joined Jul 2008, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 29870 times:

hey! Nicholas, great report... Always good to see the NZ trip reports.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The seat pitch is 34” in Air New Zealand’s 747-400 and allows for a lot of stretching space for someone like me! Too bad that once the 744s are phased out, the biggest seat pitch in the fleet will be 32” shared by both the 772 and 77W. The seat itself is quite comfortable.

It definately would be nice if NZ kept the 34' seat pitch on all of it's long haul aircraft. Something that will help keep the good perception NZ has as a carrier.

I'm pretty sure I have read that it is going to be 33in rather than 32in.

a reduction for the 744 for sure but an increase for the 772/W


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 29562 times:

Thanks everyone!

Quoting manfredj (Reply 4):
Wow, I'm certainly impressed with your trip report. This is the first of your's I've read and it will prompt me to look at more of them.The first thing that struck me is how incredible the food looked. I would almost say the quality is as good as US carriers business class. The use of real plates is a nice touch and the pancakes looked quite good. Is that a real glass I noticed at dinner time?

Hi manfredj, thanks for your comments! Indeed, the food blew me away too as I really didn't know what I wa expecting never having flown NZ long haul before. Indeed, that is a real glass glass at dinner!

Quoting manfredj (Reply 4):
The 747 looks to be in great shape and the IFE screens seem to be the perfect size. Over all, very impressive trip report. The 747 has a mystique about it unmatched by any other airplane. Thanks for the read.

Indeed, the 747 is a special bird. It'll be sad to see it go from NZ's fleet in a few years!

Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
Let me be one of the first to congratulate you flew on the Air NZ flagship route and share with us this great TR!

Hi Sam,

Thanks a lot for comments! Glad you enjoyed.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
Seeing your TR illustation of Air NZ 744 Y, make me want to swap seats of my upcoming Business Premier trip on Air NZ 744 with Economy !

Haha! Trust me, NZ J should be great. At least you won't disturb anyone when you get up out of your seat!

Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
Both meal looks very delicious. I love the Air NZ menu showing on the screen, and water right after takeoff approach.

I haven't heard of any other airline doing this before. It sure saves weight instead of carrying around paper menus which they used to do a few years back.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 6):
Great trip report! NZ looks like it's an excellent airline! There has been talks around that 2 or 3 airlines will become a the newest full 5-star airline (Skytrax) and NZ might be one of them! Dinner looks good, glad that they served it in real ceramics; just like the one we had in our recent OZ flight. The breakfast looks amazing and it's quite unusual to see pancakes in Y class, its ALWAYS the usual soggy omelets and sausages these days. Anyways, NZ looks like a great carrier, too bad I probably have NO chance of flying with them, as I live in the east coast.

Thanks JetBlue777! NZ is an excellent airline. Seeing that NZ placed 5th in the world on the Skytrax rating, I wouldn't be surprised but then again not many people here rely on Skytrax as it can be highly subjective sometimes. You could get a chance if you wanted to fly down under.. Just take some flight to LAX or SFO then jump down to NZ!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 6):
They were running, we started running, as well as the other passengers in our flight

Sounds extremely interesting! I nearly felt like running because I saw so many people streaming out of the plane but I couldn't be stuffed..

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Really nice report! Great pictures too from our journey. Your view from AKL brought back memories of a trip there many years ago .. I'd love to get back! I vaguely remember the airport .. I also like approaching LAX from high above .. you do really get a good perspective of the vast area!

Thanks for your comments Matthew! The airport has changed quite a bit since 'many years ago' and the only thing you might be familiar with is the check in area because quite frankly basically everything else has changed.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
I have to congratulate you for making an absolutely amazing report with many excellent pictures on NZ's Flagship Route. NZ's Long haul product definately is excellent and is something you look forward too whenever you fly with them.

Thanks for commenting aflyingkiwi! The long haul product is superb, no doubts about that.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
I guess you wanted to make sure you caught an NZ 744 before they eventually leave the skies.

Correct, well done! I actually had myself booked on a BNE-AKL sector for January but now I don't need to 'try' out the NZ 744. Long haul is the only way to really experience a flight anyway..

Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 9):
Very nice trip report. Excellent pictures.

Thanks for your comments Jim!

Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 9):
I am starting to research a 4 month RTW trip commencing in September 2011. If I purchase a *A RTW ticket, three of the legs I may select (SFO-AKL, AKL-NRT and LHR-LAX) are on NZ due to their superior reputation

My recommendation to you: Take the upgrade on LHR-LAX - the new Y+ cabin will be in full swing. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for a trip report on the new Y+ seats of NZ. SFO-AKL seems likely to be a 744 if schedules stay as they are now so that's the one to choose Y for.. Unless you're keen to get the upper deck.

Quoting flymia (Reply 10):
Fantastic trip report! Makes me want to fly a long haul flight tonight! Thanks.

Thanks flymia! Writing these trip reports really makes me feel as though I'm flying it again.. I wish I was flying another long haul flight tonight!

Quoting 777ER (Reply 11):
Did you get a photo showing the first few seats on the ABC side in economy which shows well the window locations?

Hi Jase, not on this flight but I managed to get a shot of it on the return voyage. The left hand side matches the right hand side. Rows 36 and 37 definitely have windows, 38 - it's half on the seat, half behind it, 39 - no window, 40 - a big stretch forward to the window which can be used if the person in front is not reclined. 41 and 42 seem ok.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
I'm impressed, definitely 5 stars trip reports.All the photos are amazing. Many many thanks to you!

Thanks nethkt! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting ZKEOJ (Reply 13):
great TR, and great to see you fly on NZ's B744 - still my favourite aircraft/airline combination And I agree with your conclusion: NZ provides an excellent Y product, and can easily compete with any airline, including SQ and EK.Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Hi Micha, thanks for your comments! It felt good to finally get a flight on the NZ 744.. I have a nephew who is 1 and he has already been on 5 NZ 744 flights..

Yes, I do believe this product competes well with the likes of EK.. I can't say for myself SQ as I've never flown on them but I'd assume that the non-robotic service would win me over.

Quoting NZdsgnr (Reply 14):
hey! Nicholas, great report... Always good to see the NZ trip reports.

Thanks NZdsgnr! Yeah, it's nice seeing other people write NZ trip reports too. I'm glad grabaseat gave me the opportunity to try out NZ's 744.

Quoting NZdsgnr (Reply 14):
I'm pretty sure I have read that it is going to be 33in rather than 32in.

Going by the website, it says between 32 and 33 inches so I took a prudent measure. It'll be good if it does end up being 33 inches.. I'd be quite satisfied with that.


Thanks again everyone!

Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 29489 times:
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Another excelent report, love reading them all and the pictures are great. NZ was my fav when i was in the AN FF program but have not flown them in ages since I joined OW with QF

mal787



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User currently offlineManekS From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 29163 times:

Great TR, NZ seems to be excellent. I wish they kept the Pacific Wave on the fuselage - the aircraft/livery looks pretty plain without it.

User currently offlineastockla From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 28951 times:

Absolutely CRACKING Report.

I am flying RTW with NZ starting next week (TR will, hopefully, be provided) and will be on that exact flight in about 4 weeks time. Your report now gives me an idea of what to look forward to!

Alex



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User currently onlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 28586 times:
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Thanks for your trip report, Nicholas. I can't wait for my own experience on an NZ 744 in about six weeks  

From reading your report, I'm very impressed by NZ generally - the seats look great (I have heard that NZ's long haul legroom is very good, but I had never seen just how good), the food looks great, and the crew were apparently very good. I also hope to encounter the same experience you had with friendly customs agents when leaving AKL.



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User currently onlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 779 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 28252 times:

Hi Nicholas,

great report indeed, on your national carrier

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
There was this awesome bottle refilling machine I had never seen before – you just place your bottle on the machine and it automatically fills.

good stuff

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
(GMT+13)

I've learnt something today, i thought bracket were -12/+12

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
I actually wished that the flight was longer to give me more time on an Air NZ 747 and receive more of the wonderful service

which airline will you fly for the return? otherwise why not trying the whole service to London  

regards

East African Spotter



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 28015 times:

Hi Nicholas,

I have been waiting for this report. Marvelous installment of yours! Very entertaining from the beginning until the end. It feels like I was there with you!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
There was this awesome bottle refilling machine I had never seen before – you just place your bottle on the machine and it automatically fills.

Great feature!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
SUH is apparently destined to stay on as one of the two 744s retained beyond the 777-300ER EIS.

For sentimental reasons apparently!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
Airshow – for some reason it displays a 772!

Oops! Could NZ have wrongfully installed the seats destined for the 772?

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
And we were off,

Great wing shot during night time!   

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
Light creeping around the corner while the Southern Cross and the Pointers can be seen

Beautiful!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
Interesting walkway at the back of the plane with mirrors

Very handy for the female travelers.


What can I say? I want more and eagerly looking forward to your next installment! Thank you for sharing this joyful experience on board of NZ.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 28010 times:

Not many airlines offer such great Y service anymore unfortunately. Unfortunately NZ only fly to LHR from LA and not New York.

User currently offlineNZdsgnr From New Zealand, joined Jul 2008, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27891 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 19):
I also hope to encounter the same experience you had with friendly customs agents when leaving AKL.

From experience the customs in NZ are great... always friendly and courteous. they might even joke with you if you wanted to


User currently offlinejungersten From Sweden, joined Sep 2010, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27884 times:

Nice trip report! I am flying on NZ1 and NZ2 in February 2011, hoping to get a *A upgrade from premium economy to business class, I think you inspired me to do a trip report also on my flight. Thanks again!

25 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Nicholas, fantastic report about your NZ trip, really enjoyed reading. I had been looking forward to it. So good to see you had a great time on NZ'
26 AI151 : Hey Nicholas, Fabulous 1st part of your US visit. Loved all the pictures and that you were impressed with NZ. AKL airport seems to be coming along wel
27 Post contains images Luftfahrer : Great trip report, thanks for sharing. At some point I started wondering whether you were in premium economy class on this flight. To me, the product
28 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Nicholas, great stuff. You know, I´ve followed you´re updates on FB closely, so waited for that interesting story. Well done, superb pictures, s
29 Post contains images flightsimboy : Hi Nicholas, Great trip report and I can only imagine your joy on being on the 744 before they are actually gone!! Is this due to the heavy competitio
30 Post contains images NZ107 : Thanks again guys, it's a real pleasure to be able to deliver this TR to you all. Thanks for your comments mal787! Glad you enjoyed. Maybe it's time t
31 bps3458 : Hi Nicholas, one of the best TR I have read in the last couple of months. I am very impressed with the NZ economy product offered especially the 34 in
32 NZ83 : Where is the water bottle feature at AKL? Most impressed to see that. I hate having to use the fountains to fill my water bottle up!!!!
33 ZKSUJ : Nice report, great pics. The 744 is my Favorite aircraft and glad you enjoyed your trip. Look forward to the trip report for the return journey
34 Post contains images mal787 : Maybe if they ever fly to Darwin but I cant see it happening in my lifetime mal787
35 NZ107 : Thanks for your comments Peter! Yeah it could be reduced to 33 inches but we'll have to find out when it actually comes configured. Hope you're not f
36 AKLDELNonstop : Great trip report NZ107. Your NZ flight seems to have had better food than my UA F flight across the pond. Well, I will be on the LAX-AKL flight tomor
37 NZ83 : Thanks will have to check it out when i'm on NZ 2 to LHR in Feb.
38 JL418 : Hello Nicholas, it's the first time I'm commenting on a TR from yours, but I've read the whole "Joyrides" series and, needless to say, I enjoyed them
39 timb777 : Hi Nicholas, Another pleasurable report on the national carrier! I appreciated the crispness of the photos, the SLR certainly takes good pics. Looking
40 Post contains images NZ107 : Thanks for your comments AKLDELNonstop! Interesting, I must say. NZ's food does impress. Have a good flight - tell me how it goes! Oh and also - the
41 MSS658 : Nice report, enjoyed the different angles used in your pictures. I like how the AKL airport is designed as well.
42 JL418 : Will surely do!
43 NZ107 : Thanks for commenting, MSS658! Glad you enjoyed. Yes, I like how the international terminal is designed apart from the fact that the landside observa
44 mdavies06 : Thanks for the TR Nicholas. Great pics and hope you'd enjoyed LA. It reminds me of the only long haul I have flown on with NZ and the opposite legs to
45 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi, Nicholas! Great report, and as I'm used from you, some great balanced pictures included! Nicely written also, good to hear you got one of the deal
46 NZdsgnr : Well I saw AKL-SFO-AKL for $999 on grabaseat this week... it might be time for them to bring back the $1 fares from last year haha
47 Post contains images ronerone : Nicholas, SUPERB TR! .. I have followed the trails of this trip on Facebook, and i finally get to read the report itself! Apologies for the late respo
48 Post contains images NZ107 : Thanks mdavies! You're welcome! LA was fun.. There are a lot of planes there which I never get at home. Yes, the 34 inches was a definite luxury! Hi
49 mal787 : SO Nicholas when will we get to see them , there great for a wet sunday arvo read mal787
50 Post contains images ronerone : I do like to collect my menus for sure .. But offering the menu on the IFE is also quite interesting, though not so souvenirable (unless something po
51 chepos : Thank you so much for sharing I enjoyed your trip report a whole lot. The pancake breakfast on your flight actually looked good, b'fast on planes is u
52 cgnnrw : You were in economy, right? I can't imagine pax (biz or econ) on US carrieres getting this type of breakfast. Was the cutlery metal or plastic? All i
53 NZ107 : Haha, you should have anyway! I don't see why not.. However it was pretty empty when I went through customs so there wasn't anyone around to sit on t
54 Post contains images airpearl : Hi Nicholas Apologies for arriving very late for your flight grab to LAX Great to see you embarking on a really long flight... your joyriding is obvio
55 NZdsgnr : In econony they do use plastic cutlery but as NZ107 it is not the flimsy type. they are quite strong and see-through. Last night I actually was using
56 Post contains images BA319-131 : Hi Nicholas, Sorry for the late read, needed to find a suitable time I could digest the whole thing, excellent report as usual, love the pictures too.
57 Post contains links and images accelahpp8 : Hi guy Don't you feel good with the rear of a plane ? I like it very well because you can feel the aircraft better (during T/O, turbulence, yaw, touch
58 The777Man : Hi Nicholas ! Nice report with fantastic pictures! Dinner options don't seem great but breakfeast looks very good! It was great to meet up with you wh
59 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Airpearl, Thanks a lot for your comments! To my knowledge, you're still stuck in SYD and haven't even made it back to AKL for this flight Yeah, it
60 Post contains links and images Econojetter : Nicholas, thanks for another enjoyable report. I actually read it a while ago but didn't get around to commenting until now. Glad to see you have made
61 ZKSUJ : The 777 will pretty much take all the LAX flights by end of the year, however a logic dictates that the way to get the 744 would be AKL-SFO or YVR.
62 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Econojetter, Thanks for your comments! Not a problem.. Any comments are better than none I say It was great to get another long haul flight under
63 ZKSUJ : Tell me about it. Unfortunately the 777 will be 3-4-3 config with the aircraft being revamped
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