NZ 103 Business Class Review 11/04/2021

 

Air New Zealand's Flagship Boeing 787

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We're finally back in the air after the lengthy border closure. Today I will be flying on Air New Zealand's flagship Boeing 787 on a short haul Trans-Tasman journey. 

Check-in & Security

The Check-in was a breeze at Air NZ's Premium Check-in lounge, it took only 5 minutes from getting all my luggages sped through to collecting my boarding pass. There was a lift that I took directly from the lounge through to the express lane security, which took another 5 minutes to pass. 

Due to the recent global pandemic and dwindling passenger numbers, this has been the easiest check-in/security I've ever experienced. 

Lounge

Unfortunately due to the Pandemic, the Koru lounge was not open on that date and food/drinks were not supplied for Premium passengers. However I did visit the Airpresso Airport Cafe. The view would've been spectacular if it weren't for the weather and the seating was plentiful, however it is still a breath of fresh air after the lengthy lockdown. 



View from Airpresso (AKL Airport Cafe)


Boarding/Punctuality 

The boarding was right on time, with Premium boarding called right before the general boarding call. The aircraft was almost empty so the boarding process has been extremely smooth and stress-free. Glasses of pre-departure champagne was offered to passengers. 

Nice glass of Pre-departure Champagne was offered. 



Seating/Cabin

Classic 1-1-1 Business Class seats from Air NZ

Onboard the aircraft we can see a typical long haul 787 configuration with lie flat seats. The seats have a small ottoman that can serve as a leg rest. With this long haul sleeper configuration, it would make the three hour flight enjoyable rather than tolerable. The classic purple on white ambience lighting of the aircraft brings us a refreshing touch of welcoming atmosphere. 

Meal and Services




As an early flight in the morning, a warm single course breakfast was served.  The main was scrambled eggs with bacon and sautéed potatoes, along with a fruit salad, croissant and yogurt. Cereal & milk was offered as a side. 

Overall the meal was fresh and nutritious and it brings a cosy homemade breakfast feel to it. However, for a business class breakfast, the portion size can be improved, as well as more warm sides can be added. 

Conclusion
 
For a post-covid flight, Air New Zealand has done an excellent job in providing the best product and services as they can with the current restrictions in-place. The experience has been generally positive as we're still waiting for the lounge to open up and the full menu to be available. 



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