eoinnz
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Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:54 pm

Hi everyone.

Welcome to my very first trip report!! I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed experiencing it!!!

Wednesday 16th November 2005
Air New Zealand
NZ102
SYD - Sydney to AKL - Auckland
Business Class
Scheduled Departure Time: 1000
But The Actual Departure Time: 1100
Aircraft: The brand new 777-200ER complete with new plane smell!!!

We arrived at Sydney Airport and began walking towards the check-in counter. The queue was quite long for economy. So I turned to my friend and said bugger this, let go business class (And I knew we would have the new flat beds too!!). She thought for about 2 seconds and said yeah lets do it. So after a very sudden and random decision to simply beat the check-in line, we went to the ticket desk and upgraded our tickets to business class. At first the guy said we couldn't since our original fares were not upgradable on the day of departure. He had a word to his supervisor and said the flight was over-catered anyway and proceeded to issue our tickets. After checking-in the almost non existent business class line we did a bit of duty free, then went to the Air New Zealand Lounge.

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The Sydney Air New Zealand Lounge

Boarding began at about 0930 and we were greeted by the Air New Zealand crew who kindly showed us to our seats. After storing our bags and getting settled in one of the 3 crew in business class offered us a drink. Unlike in the past where they have come around with either pre-poured juice, water or champagne they went and got each drink individually and offered us any juice, water or champagne. Menus were also given out.
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My pre-takeoff orange juice


The new flat-bed seats in the the seat position


Waiting to depart

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Todays flight - The airshow was really impressive. All sorts of different views, and angles and a fortune of information. The entertainment system was easy to use with a good selection of movies, tv programs, games, cd's etc

After about 15 minutes the first announcement of a delay came due to a hold problem, I can't remember the exact details but something about a cargo door. 10 minutes passed and there was now another reason for the delay. Due to the late arrival of the Asiana flight from Seoul we had to wait for them. The captain said it was a catch 22 situation. Either we unloaded the bags and left or waited for them , going with the later it was decided it would take less time. After an hour of waiting we finally took off. Nothing beats the sound of those big engines!!! The seat belt sign came off and the crew sprung into action and delivered the drinks we had ordered before take-off.
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Vege Chips

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Ice cold coke

The crew came around and helped passengers get there tables out. The tables were difficult to get out, this was also noted in the business class seat guide which said "The table can be difficult to lift out and put away. A new design is currently in development but in the meantime please ask the crew for help..."

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Starter: Tiger prawns with Waldorf salad and kafir lime dressing. This is all served on the new crockery - I love the new design

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Close Up

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Salt and pepper

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Watching The Wedding Crashers

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Main: Chaio Tzu Lamb on asian noodles and green (This is what I had)

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Main: Chilli kelp King Salmon on linguine and ratouille (My friend had this)
Other main was peppered venison served chilled, on cous cous and roasted pumpkin salad, with orange and Cumberland sauce

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Dessert: Spiced apple compote with gourmet ice cream with a dessert wine

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Not far to go!!


The big 777 engine

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The cabin after service

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I thought it would be rude not to try and have a "sleep" I could easily pass 12 hours on this seat!!! It's more comfortable than my bed at home!!! A pitty this doesn't fit in my bag so I could take it home!!


Arriving into Auckland

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Auckland Airport at about 4pm

I really enjoyed the whole trip from start to finish - and would highly recommend Air New Zealand - My faith has been restored with them after such a pleasant journey. I wish I had flown Air New Zealand over but I went with Emirates Business Class - This trip report will be posted shortly. Thanks for reading- I hope you enjoyed it. all comments welcome
 
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:58 pm

Great TR! NZ Business Class looks great!

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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:04 pm

Great Trip Report with pics!!!

How long was the flight?

Leo
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undehoulli
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:16 pm

Those seats look a lot like the Upper Class suites on VS!!!
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:34 pm

I may be wrong but I think this is the first report that refers to a flight inside the new NZ 772ER, so thanks a lot. The pics are very nice and are making me want to fly NZ soon. I hope the opportunity happens. Look forward to reading more trip reports from you in the future.
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calvin99
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:45 pm

nice report.. those seat looks very comfortable..!!
 
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:09 pm

Great report and excellent pictures. Thanks!
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:40 pm

Leo, typically SYD-AKL flights are around 3 hours, but adding the delay it would be anyone's guess.

Nice report, great pics and I'm glad you enjoyed the flight!!!
 
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:41 pm

Quoting Undehoulli (Reply 3):
Those seats look a lot like the Upper Class suites on VS!!!

They are an exact copy of the VS seat.
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:10 pm

Thanks for the report - I think Eddie is right, it is the first report of an NZ 772 we've had and the fact that it was in J class makes it all the better.

How easy was it to look out the window from your seat?

I think that the green/grey colours of the NZ seats look much more relaxed than the red of the VS ones - what do others think?

Quoting Eoinnz (Thread starter):
Starter: Tiger prawns with Waldorf salad and kafir lime dressing. This is all served on the new crockery - I love the new design

Oh that looks SOOOOOOOOO good...haven't had decent food in 2 months!
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:32 pm

Great report. The 777 is a beautiful airplane.  Big grin
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eoinnz
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:39 pm

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
How easy was it to look out the window from your seat?

Well the neck gets a bit sore after a while, you basically have to turn 45 degrees to look out and twist your body a little
 
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:59 pm

Oh well,, still envious...

How stable is the cup holder thing? It looks pretty vulnerable to bumps.
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boeingfanyyz
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:57 am

The initial photo of the seat kinda looks a bit uncomfortable and cramped. Just my $0.02
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:46 am

Great report. My NZ B772 report will be online in about 2 weeks
 
eoinnz
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Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:52 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
How stable is the cup holder thing? It looks pretty vulnerable to bumps.

It's stable when down and with a drink on it but you only have to knock the bottom of it and your drink will spill (as i did it myself)
 
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Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:56 am

Thank very much for the report. I will by flying NZ next month in Business Premier on the SFO-AKL route and expect to get the 777. It looks very nice and I am looking forward to seeing if it is as good for 12 hours as you felt it was for 3.
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Sun Nov 20, 2005 2:23 am

Thanks for a great report and the great pictures!

Hope to fly on a NZ 777 myself in the next six months or so.

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Sun Nov 20, 2005 2:42 am

Great Report thank you Big grin


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Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:43 pm

Great report. I love the pic of demonstrating how the seat is a bed. Does anyone else think the coke can's presence make the meal presentation and business class look less classy?
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Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:43 pm

Do the 777's have mood lighting?
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:48 am

Nice report & photo's, many thanks!

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 19):
Does anyone else think the coke can's presence make the meal presentation and business class look less classy?

-Yes, sure does, where is the Champane? Smile
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:21 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
where is the Champane

Although some may agree it's never to early to start drinking, just wasn't in the mood. I think my friend ordered a bloody mary though by the look of the tomato juice and celery stick!!!
 
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Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:53 am

WOW,

one of the most beautiful lounges ever seen and one of the most beautiful aircraft interiors too... this 777-200ER with the "new plane smell" looks simply amazing... I hope to see the land of "The Lord of the Rings" at least once in a life, maybe flying there with this jewel!

Congratulations for the pics!!!

Cheers
 
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RE: Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos

Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:15 pm

Wow that looks great. Thanks for sharing your TR.
 
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Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:02 am

I have to agree the new product is superb....i have flown Business Premier 3 times and it is outstanding and was fortunate enough to fly the maiden SFO AKL flight and the lie flat beds are a dream. I slept for 8 hours. The only drawback is not being able to get a good view from the window....your shoulder gets sore very quickly. Minor complaint really.
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