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How Is Biz Class On Air New Zealand

Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:12 pm

I am about to book an award ticket with my bmi Miles and have the choice of C-class return from LHR to LAX on UA or NZ. Which one is better and does NZ offer PVT, and how are there seats.

Any advice appreciated


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RE: How Is Biz Class On Air New Zealand

Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:20 pm

All of Air NZ's B744s will be getting PTVs installed in the next 2 years. Air NZ's B744 each seat 392 seat. When the B744s are being upgraded with PTVs and new cabins and the first class seats will all be taken out in favour of about 30 sleeper Business Class seats
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RE: How Is Biz Class On Air New Zealand

Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:39 pm

The general consensus over on from people who have flown biz on both carriers is UA wins for seats, NZ wins for everything else (food, wine, service, etc.).
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RE: How Is Biz Class On Air New Zealand

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:06 am

The style gurus at Wallpaper magazine recently voted NZ's business class their favourite if that's any indication.

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RE: How Is Biz Class On Air New Zealand

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:33 am

777ER has led you astray a little.

Air New Zealand Business class already has PTV (and has had for years). What he is talking about is in the Y cabin (which is not what your question was!!)

I have to agree with TG992. As a (very) frequent user of both NZ and UA between SYD and LAX, my preference is for the UA seats, but if the aircraft is half empty (rare on NZ now) I will take the NZ J cabin anytime. Just for the food and wine and the fact that the FA's are not all over 60!!.

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RE: How Is Biz Class On Air New Zealand

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:47 am

Last April used a reward ticket to fly LAX/NAN/LAX. No reflection on the crew, I found the J/C standard very bland and basic. B744 on both legs.

SEATING - 1st generation J/C seats. Pitch was perhaps no more than 50-55", and all funcitons manual as opposed to electric. PTV the basic industry standard.

CREW - No complaints friendly and accomodating.

IN-FLIGHT SERVICE - Was acutally shocked based on the generally positive feedback I've read on A.Net & Skytrax. 2045 departure ex LAX. NO pre-meal bar service, no hot towel service. Tray Service with mixed Salad and 3 prawns, and entree quality poor (steaks raw, chicken bloody) and in small casserole dish similar to any short-haul North American service. Ice Cream trolley and cheese combined. The entire service took no more than 1 hour. Lights out, and breakfast also a "quick tray" service.

Service NAN-LAX similar sequence, but food quality far superior. Nice quiet lounge at NAN airport as well. I know NZ has won numerous awards for their service, but truly..not impressed.
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Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:27 am

Well, Air NZ's business class is really outdated at best... the seats are pretty basic, but comfortable. However, seat pitch remains as 50" and recline is fairly limited.

However the strength of Air NZ Business is the service -- the F/As in general are friendly and polite. The food is always good... and the wine selection is great. I think it is better than UA by miles... except the seats. Nevertheless with the new seats coming online soon, NZ will be able to return to its top spot on the business class market.


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