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To Middle Earth On Air NZ Business Premier  
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15438 times:

Date: 31 July 2013
Route: Jakarta (CGK) - Perth (PER)
Flight: Garuda GA724
ETD: 1015 (1055)
ETA: 1615 (1627)
Seat: 3E (Executive Class)
Aircraft: B737-800
Flight time:
Registration: PK-GFS
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)
ETA: 0530+1
Seat: 3A (Business Class)
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Flight time: 6hrs 05mins
Registration: ZK-OKA
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.

Hello Auckland
Date: 03 August 2013
Route: Auckland (AKL) - Queenstown (ZQN)
Flight: AirNew Zealand NZ639
ETD: 1015
ETA: 1205
Seat: 4A (Economy +)
Aircraft: A320-200
Flight time: 1hr35mins
Registration: ZK-OJQ
1st Flight: 26 Jan 2011

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
ETD: 0940
ETA: 1120
Seat: 2A (Economy +)
Aircraft: A320-200 (Sharklets Equipped)
Flight time: 1hr30mins
Registration: ZK-OXA
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)
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Flight time: 7hrs 40mins
Registration: ZK-OKE
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.

NZ Lounge
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.

Cabin views
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.

Lunch time

After meals were served I just managed to take a nap and then back on to watching shows on my iPad till descend commenced.

Parting shot after we de-planned in PER

Date: 13 August 2013
Route: Perth (PER) - Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Garuda GA725
ETD: 1740 (1730)
ETA: 2130 (2107)
Seat: 2F (Executive Class)
Aircraft: B737-800
Flight time: 4hrs 20mins
Registration: PK-GFH
1st Flight: 19 August 2010

Arrived at the airport with about 1.5hrs to spare. Once formalities were completed we just managed to spend 10mins in the lounge before boarding was called.

Yet more pics of the Qantas Club Lounge in PER

PK-GFH taking us back to CGK

Flight was full in economy but 2 seats remained open in business class.
Cabin views

Daily visitor to PER, now with QR keeping her company in PER, let’s see how long before EY flies into PER too

In flight reading material and Menu

Farewell PER

IFE, and promoting the F and J on the B773ER

Meal time

Thanks again for reading guys, and hope you enjoyed my TR
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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1736 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 15285 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.


SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14922 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.
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13414 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.

User currently offlinezkncj From New Zealand, joined Nov 2005, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 11513 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.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 11302 times:

Hope you enjoyed your time in our country. Great report, thanks for sharing

User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10442 times:

Quoting zkncj (Reply 4):
They also don't offer business class on most Short Haul International flights, they moved J from the International A320 in about 2006.

Thats a pretty rare move for a full service airline. Is it due to low demand previously?

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 5):
Hope you enjoyed your time in our country. Great report, thanks for sharing

Thanks and I did have a great stay in NZ  

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4807 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10074 times:

Garuda's food sure looked a hell of a lot nicer than what Air New Zealand served you!

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinezkncj From New Zealand, joined Nov 2005, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9887 times:

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 6):
Thats a pretty rare move for a full service airline. Is it due to low demand previously?

Most New Zealand based business, have a cheapest fare policy for flights under 5hrs. Hence why the LCC model on shortfall NZ services, they where averaging 1/8 seats on the A320s.

User currently offlinebyronicle6 From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9728 times:

Nice trip report! What i do like about NZ J and the herringbone layout is the direct aisle access from all seats.

Quoting zkncj (Reply 8):

Combined with the fact that the A320's mostly fly the leisure routes (OOL, MCY, CNS, RAR, APW, NAN, TBU, VLI, NOU etc)

Travel is my thing
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9347 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 7):
Garuda's food sure looked a hell of a lot nicer than what Air New Zealand served you!

And on GA it tasted better too !

Quoting zkncj (Reply 8):
Hence why the LCC model on shortfall NZ services, they where averaging 1/8 seats on the A320s.

Ahh, makes perfect sense now

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 9):
What i do like about NZ J and the herringbone layout is the direct aisle access from all seats.

And like I mentioned before, NZ's herringbone definitely beats CX's failed J herringbone.

User currently offlineGASQKL From Singapore, joined Aug 2013, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9043 times:

Another great report! I love the navigational graphics on NZ IFE screen. The first time I see something like this.

Anyway, why do the domestic NZ runs resemble those of LCC?

User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8543 times:

Quoting GASQKL (Reply 11):
Anyway, why do the domestic NZ runs resemble those of LCC?

Hi ! Like mentioned by fellow A.netter zkncj, NZ did not see high yeilds on J on the short domestic runs, therfore they decided to go for an entire Y set up.

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