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Auckland to Sydney with Air New Zealand in Business Class

Route : Auckland to Sydney

Airline : NZ (Air New Zealand)

Cabin Class: Business

Aircraft Type: Boeing 767-300

Flight Number: NZ105

Seat Number: 3K

Date: February 27, 2013

Departure time in Auckland (AKL): 16:00

Arrival time in Sydney (SYD): 17:30

Award travel, Business Class flight #10

 

Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel

 

Introduction

 

Having experienced Air New Zealand's business class service from Perth to Auckland the week before, I thought this flight would be another memorable one, topped with excellent service and good food. And I was right!

We arrived at the Auckland International Airport about 1 in the afternoon, three hours before departure.

Check in

The check in counters were not being used but instead, they have check-in kiosks. And of course, the staff were always there if you would need help.

I got my boarding card issued in no time at all and then went straight to the baggage drop off section.

Lounge

Since Auckland is one of the hubs of Air New Zealand, everything inside the lounge was impressive. I still prefer Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge at Changi Airport though.

Seat

The business class cabin has a total of 24 seats with a 2-2-2 configuration. The flight was almost full having only 5 vacant seats.

My seat 3K was a window. As usual, the legroom is very spacious.

The seat control (left). My table tucked under the armrest (right).

The USB port and the double-prong headset jacks are installed around the armrest area. If you have your own set of headphones, you can use these to listen with stereo sound.

The monitors are stowed in the centre console unit.

Meal

Mike had his glass of champagne while I decided to have a glass of fresh orange juice.

A hot towel to freshen up (left) and the menu card (right).

Before the dinner was served, we were offered something to drink. When I ordered a glass of water, Ewart who was one of the cabin attendants serving our side of the cabin, asked if it would be still or sparkling; and then if it is with ice or without. I love the fact that they know just how to do the service right: smooth and simple.

To begin

 

Poached king prawns with cos jelly, Caesar dressing and micro greens

 

I ordered a glass of cranberry juice to go with my meal. Cool!

Mains

 

Dark ale braised beef hot pot with roasted vegetables and peppered pastry crust

Cranberry and cherry stuffed chicken thigh with orange glaze, cherry compote, parsley roasted butternut and seared courgettes

Mike had the braised beef while I had the stuffed chicken thigh. Both tasted amazing! The other option was Tea smoked salmon with garden greens, cherry tomatoes, papaya and mango tarragon and ginger dressing, created by Peter Gordon.

To finish

 

Old fashioned cheese cake with mandarin compote (left). Gourmet dessert of fig and honey ice cream and vintage strawberry ice cream, with crisp wafer

Cheese

 

Fine New Zealand cheese

 

Mike had his cheeseplate while I decided to go straight to my cup of green tea.

Entertainment

Pretty basic remote control and headphones.

Each seat is equipped with a personal television (left). The KiaOra Entertainment magazine (right).

Toilet and Lavatory

The toilet is not that spacious but is very clean.

I love the fact that they provide towels...and lots of it!

Arrival at Sydney International Airport

Our flight landed about 20 minutes ahead of schedule. The only thing is that we waited about 25 minutes before we were able to claim our luggages.

After passing the airport control, we immediately took the train to the hotel to leave our luggages and went straight to downtown. I've been to Sydney before but since it was winter, this visit was definitely a lot better.

Conclusion

 

Air New Zealand was impressive again this time. The food was amazing and the service was very friendly yet professional. I would have hope for refurbished seats but it didn't really matter because the flight was just about three and a half hours. Again, thank you Air New Zealand.

 

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