First of all NZ
pulled out of LAX
nonstop a while ago, so NZ
would require a connection in AKL
. I flew NZ
F class last December, and was not impressed in comparison to UA
and others. The seats are extremely old and are strictly mechanical with two buttons (footrest and recline). The seats were mostly flat, and pitch was good and there was IFE, but they were not comfortable for sleeping. You are at a funny angle because it does not recline to flat, but rather a slightly downward sloping leg rest and back rest, with an oppositely sloped seat cushion. I prefer the more modern style of seats that QF
offers even though I haven't flown QF
service is very good though. The food was absolutely delicious with 4 entree selections for the 6 passengers in F class. The loads NZ
has in first class are low (one of the reasons why they are removing F class) so you will probably get some extra space of having the seat next to you open. There are two flight attendants for the 12 seats in the nose of the 747. The service is always good and pleasant as you would expect from the Kiwis.
Overall I would go with Qantas because they offer better seats and service should be good (I have never flown them in First class) and they will be more convenient as well as have better comfort for sleeping on the night flight. Business and economy might be different, but NZ
has a poor first class section. Check out some of the trip reports, they can be helpful.
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