As soon as you board the Premium Economy cabin with Air New Zealand you’ll be glad you paid a little extra - it’s easy to see why Air New Zealand’s premium economy is recognised as the best in the sky at the moment. From the plush white leather seats to the bean bag to rest your weary feet on – they’ve got luxury down to a tee, and that means there's some icing on your cake to come…
As a previous premium economy cynic, I was adamant it would not possible to feel truly comfortable on a long haul flight unless you had the luxury of lying down – somewhat of a pipe dream for me. But if you fly in Air New Zealand premium economy, they certainly have the affordable/luxury balance just right.
You can opt for an angled seat with a little privacy as one of a pair on each side of the aircraft, or sit in the middle two seats and you can get to know the person next to you, if you don’t already! If you’re travelling with a companion, the cabin’s middle two seats offer you the ingenious option of being able to sit face to face and lift a table between the two so you can ‘dine out’ together, from the same delicious menu as business class travellers!
After indulging (over-indulging, on my part) in the sesame crusted prawns, closely followed by the sage-rolled chicken, you can sit back with your seat smugly reclined 50% more than those down the back, stretching your legs in the 42” space in front – something that isn’t encroached on by the person sitting in front of you, thanks to the revolutionary SpaceSeat design.
Before you’ve even started rolling down the runway – the fun begins. You have immediate access to 580 hours of entertainment, including some of the latest box office movies, TV shows and video games at your fingertips on your 10.6” personal touch screen TV – only interrupted by one of Air New Zealand’s infamous tongue in cheek safety skits like this Hobbit-themed video from 2012. And guess what? The film will keep on rolling until after you’ve landed! Gone is the old bug bear of having your film cut short when you still have an hour to land and being left to twiddling your thumbs and think about just long it’s been since you last showered.
Whilst marvelling in the 580 hours of entertainment, why not go the whole hog and make it a real cinema experience, ordering a snack to quell that hunger pang you don’t have, or a tipple of New Zealand’s renowned premium wines? Order via your touch screen that’s only an arm stretch away and drinks and snacks will be delivered straight to your seat.
Air New Zealand provide excellent links if you wish to connect onto other destinations in New Zealand and Australia. See our review of Air New Zealand Business Class cabins too (if you’re looking for a further upgrade!)
If you’re interested in flying Air New Zealand Premium Economy, I can advise you on the best aircraft, routes and seats, as well as your stop over options. Simply contact me with your plans, and I can help you book multi-stop flights or your entire trip.