thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15646 times:
Date: 31 July 2013
Route: Jakarta (CGK) - Perth (PER)
Flight: Garuda GA724
ETD: 1015 (1055)
ETA: 1615 (1627)
Seat: 3E (Executive Class)
1st Flight: 21 Nov 2011
And so the silly season of Indonesia holidays began, which means all offices are closed for 10 days. Surprisingly the roads were pretty clear and we arrived with plenty of time to spare. As usual after formalities were completed we just waited in the lounge till boarding was announced.There was a 20min delay upon boarding due to late arrival of this aircraft. Although boarding was completed swiftly, typical of CGK, we were held for another 30mins waiting for our slot to take off. Once we took off meal service began and after that I just watched some shows and rested till we arrived in Perth.
As I have flown this route so many times, any even countless times in Ga’s J cabin on the B738, I will just let the pictures do the talking.
Date: 01 August 2013
Route: Perth (PER) - Auckland (AKL)
Flight: Air New Zealand NZ176
ETD: 1925 (1942)
Seat: 3A (Business Class)
Flight time: 6hrs 05mins
1st Flight: 10 Oct 2005
Arrived at Perth airport with about 2 hours to spare. After check in we managed to grab a bite to eat at the food court and also I went out to have a few smokes. Formalities were completed swiftly and after that we just relaxed in the Qantas lounge which Air New Zealand uses. Boarding was called on time and looking at all the people, looks like a full load in both J and Y.
At the gate
Qantas Club Lounge
Onboard NZ’s B772ER
A new addition to Perth Airport, Qatar Airways
We were about 15 mins behind schedule by the time we took off. Everything was fine on the flight itself with dinner being served about an hour after take off.
Change of mood lighting just before meal service
My bed made up
After the meal I went to bed and was only woken due to the purser making an announcing that they are preparing the cabin for arrival. Overall a flawless flight with Air New Zealand.
After a nice 24hr stopover in AKL, we arrived at the domestic terminal with plenty of time to spare. After check in we had breakfast at McDonald's before heading through the gate.
All Air NZ flights are in all econ configuration now. However front couple of rows has additional leg room and reserved mainly for incoming passenger from business class and star gold members like myself.
Flight itself was uneventful. For this short flight drinks and light snacks were provided. One plus point of the flight was that the inflight crew were polite and really nice, and we also flew past some really great scenery. Looking forward to my next flight with Air NZ.
All Blackx c/s NZ A320 departing as we were taxiing in
Thanks for the ride in from AKL
First store in the terminal, and apparently will see this store in town too!
In between my stay in Queenstown, I also managed to take a helo flight to the glacier, and here are some pics from that trip
Date: 08 August 2013
Route: Queenstown (ZQN) - Auckland (AKL)
Flight: Air New Zealand NZ620
Seat: 2A (Economy +)
Aircraft: A320-200 (Sharklets Equipped)
Flight time: 1hr30mins
1st Flight: 16 May 2013
After 5 fantastic days snowboarding in Queenstown, its now time to head back home to Perth. Arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare. We just waited at the cafe till boarding was called.
Great views all around the airport, makes for a dramtic backdrop for planes to come in and go
Brand new A320 with sharklets on this flight.
Boarding was called on time and soon enough we were oboard
Cabin crew are friendly and polite as usual. This short flight went by quickly and was also a full load going to AKL.
Next to our gate as we arrived in AKL
Date: 08 August 2013
Route: Auckland (AKL) - Perth (PER)
Flight: Air New Zealand NZ175
ETD: 1435 (1433)
ETA: 1810 (1826)
Seat: 3A (Business Premier)
Flight time: 7hrs 40mins
1st Flight: 04 May 2006
After arriving at the domestic terminal in AKL,we took a leisurely 10min walk to the international terminal. Since we already got our boarding pass, all we had to do is just relax. We decided to have lunch at the food court, after which we proceeded to use the NZ Premium check in for immediate access to immigration and security check which both took less than 4mins to complete.
Tarmac views in AKL, with CX A333 ready for a long hauler back to HKG
Some shots of the terminal as we were walking towards our gate
ZK-OKE taking us to PER
The rest of our time was just spent at the NZ lounge till boarding began. We were one of the first few to board and we quickly settled into our seats.
And we are off
After take off the captain announced that we will be late arriving into Perth due to stronger than usual head winds, and its not too much of a problem for me as I am really comfortable on this flight.
After meals were served I just managed to take a nap and then back on to watching shows on my iPad till descend commenced.
LH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1736 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15493 times:
Hi Herbert, nice report!
Must say that Air NZ's Business Premier still looks impressive despite the fact that it's been around for quite some while. Did the seats feel cramped despite the herringbone configuration? Also interesting to see them use the same seats on the A320 as Jetstar have on its newer planes. Nonetheless they are comfy enough for a short flight.
EL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1475 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 15130 times:
Thx for another interesting report. I must say that i am not a fan of the ANZ business configuration and the domestic flights are the first time I see european business class outside europe but it looks like they do the job right. The lounge at AKL looks nice.
"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13622 times:
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1): Did the seats feel cramped despite the herringbone configuration?
Actually my favourite herringbone of all airlines is Air NZ. It really feels spacious and I am quite comfortable in them.
Quoting EL-AL (Reply 2): but it looks like they do the job right
Actually for me I am still disappointed they do not have J on domestic routes, but the legroom is indeed pretty generous. And i guess for NZ, their longest route is also only around 2hrs, so what they have in terms of domestic product, should suffice.
zkncj From New Zealand, joined Nov 2005, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11721 times:
Quoting thaia345 (Reply 3): Actually for me I am still disappointed they do not have J on domestic routes, but the legroom is indeed pretty generous. And i guess for NZ, their longest route is also only around 2hrs, so what they have in terms of domestic product, should suffice.
They also don't offer business class on most Short Haul International flights, they moved J from the International A320 in about 2006.