Hello and welcome to my latest Trip report.
This Report covers a Trans Tasman J class flight on Air New Zealand from MEL
9th Dec 2009
Airline: Air New Zealand
Seat: 1 F
This flight was the return sector from a trip to Australia in Dec 2009 for my uncles 50th. I have since done the same flight in Y in Feb. for my cousins 21st, which was also very enjoyable in the Y+ seating. The in-flight entertainment in Air New Zealand’s a320's is top notch with the added bonus of being able to watch content / listen to music from gate to gate. Air New Zealand has recently ordered more a320's to replace the remaining 737's (actually the existing ones will go domestic, and the new ones (with the 'sharklets') will do the short haul international). As much as I like a Boeing product, and although the 737 may be better built with less reported corrosion etc, I must admit that I think the 320 has the edge in the passenger comfort department.
We arrived at the airport and checked in smoothly. We then proceeded through immigration down to the airline lounges. I was excited to see that the SQ
lounge was open due to an evening a380 departure for SIN
. I dropped my things in the Air NZ
lounge and headed off to explore the SQ
offering. The receptionist initially seemed hesitant to let me in, saying "air NZ
has a lounge downstairs" i responded by telling her that i thought star J pax got access, she then warmed a little and let me in. She said the J load to Singapore that evening was 100%, while the F cabin had only 2 pax. A good premium load overall though. The lounge was ok, not as good as NZ
though in terms of size and food offered. It did has a luxurious feel, and nice look however. The downside of the lounge is that it does not have views over the airport.
Here are some pictures of the SQ
then called boarding of the a380, wich meant that the lounge would be closing. I thus went back to the NZ
Here are some pictures from the Air NZ
Koru Club, located on the ground floor of MEL
's international terminal:
A light meal in the lounge:
View from the lounge:
Look at the flex in this 744 wing!:
It was then time to board the aircraft.
Waiting for yours faithfully:
When i sat down i was initially in row 2. The leg room was great, however, one of my taller companions seated infront of me in row 1 Foxtrot was most uncomfortable with the row 1 leg room, so i swapped. It was fine for me, but shockingly tight for J class. You would get more leg room in an ordinary Y+ seat. Also, the PTV's have to be stowed for takeoff/landing in row 1, which means that you cant make the most of Air New Zealands gate to gate viewing system. So i recommend row 2 over 1 by far.
Pre takeoff drink:
A bare apron tonight:
Flight deck prior to door being locked:
Views of terminal / the ANZ flight to WLG
Hive of QF
Takeoff was uneventfull. It was a beautiful day for flying:
Post takeoff drinks were then served:
Next up was the starter, which was prawns, very well done at that:
Next up was the main. 3 choices were given. I selected the chicken, which was tasty:
The desert was amazing, the best NZ
J desert i have had thus far:
Moderate Cheese selection:
Sunset over the Tasman with a cup of tea, what a view!
The landing was smooth. The FA
's said that the flight the day before was so bumpy that they could not do the meal service at all!
Heres a pic of the cabin after landing:
I welcome any comments / questions about NZ
Thanks for reading,