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Old Sep 20th 2002, 12:43 pm
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Howdy,

Anyone flown Air New Zealand before? If so, what are they like? They seem to be the cheapest flight to Oz; not sure where the two stop-overs are though. Just out of interest, one way tickets for a family of four (2 adults and two children) next May, costs £1778 - can anyone beat this?
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Old Sep 20th 2002, 8:15 pm
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Originally posted by Houdini:
Howdy,

Anyone flown Air New Zealand before? If so, what are they like? They seem to be the cheapest flight to Oz; not sure where the two stop-overs are though. Just out of interest, one way tickets for a family of four (2 adults and two children) next May, costs £1778 - can anyone beat this?

Hi there

have you tried ebookers.com

They seem to give the best deals and a choice of carriers too.

My advice would be to take a route that gives you maximum baggage allowance ie USA route gives you something like 2 bags each person weighing maximum of 32kg each. Some of the Asian routes only give tourist rates ie 20kg which is useless to people like us.

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The advice about taking the USA route is very true, it's the only way to go, if you are heading out there long term. We did that 3 weeks ago, and managed to squeeze 6 large bags on, without paying any extra luggage allowance!

As regards Air New Zealand, it's a very much 'no frills' airline:

a) No 'seat back' videos - just a great big screen at the front of each section - impossible to see half the time, and no choice of film. No kids programming on our flight at all.
b) No colouring books etc given out to the kids - it's a long flight with nothing to occupy them with - so make sure that you take lots of activities for them!
c) Food and drink was infrequent, but generally OK, but nothing to write home about. Unlike many airlines operating on a long haul route like this, they did not offer many drinks at all, these had to requested, or you had to get up and get your own - very poor.

All in all, not a very comfortable flight, so I would think again about using them next time. Also, in the last 3 weeks there have been two instances of bits of their planes taking off on take off at Auckland.....

If luggage is not an issue, you could do worse than to fly Malaysian or Korean. They are much better services, and the flight is about the same - you can even check in your luggage right through to NZ, which you can't now do in post 9/11 USA. Hope this advice helps. Ken.
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We have just flown with Air NZ and could not fault them, the food was the best Airline food we had during our trip to Aus & NZ. Wine poured from the bottle. All 3 children received a TAZ bag when they boarded, with crayons, games and toy etc. & that 34 inch seat pitch does make a difference. Would fly with them again.

Ken, maybe you came across a bad crew.


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Old Sep 21st 2002, 12:17 am
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We flew Air NZ London to Wellington (via LA and Auckland), and thought it
was great.
Fine...no seat back screens - something we would have liked, but not a big
problem - we just compensated by providing our own entertainment. We had 2
x 32kg baggage each (192kg in all!), on top of that you can also take a
115cm hand luggage each (115 cm is the total of all three dimensions of the
'suitcase' and I think 7kg was the weight limit, though they were never
weighed!). Plenty of room in there for loads of games, toys, food and books
for the little man - and a couple of pillows for us!

The biggest thing is the 34 inch seat pitch. I am 6ft, and my wife 5'9, and
we had PLENTY of room. We have both flown to New York and Dominican
Republic on British Airways, and even though the flight to NZ was 3 times
longer than these, it was a damn site more comfortable, and felt easier!

As for the food and drinks.....yes...food was very good.....and the drinks
were good too. I don't think it's the end of the world walking a few yards
to grab a couple of cans of coke etc - all attendants were very helpful.

And the plane bits falling off.....very true....but if there is any airline
that is taking extra care on maintenance right now you can bet it's them!

Also....we checked in our luggage in Heathrow, and next saw it in Auckland,
where we had to pick it up for transfer to the domestic terminal for the
last bit to Wellington. We didn't collect it in LA, as we thought we would
have to due to 9/11, so checking in all the way to NZ is possible via the
US.

As for tickets......in our experience EBookers.com every time. We have
travelled overseas several times, and dredged the pits of the internet
looking for tickets. EBookers were almost always the cheapest, and a very
reliable company. Only possible downside is if you need to ring them, they
have their call centres abroad, and the English is not good, and the service
is pretty crappy too - but all the times I've travelled, I have only had to
call them once. Otherwise faultless.

Phil & Em


"Ken Waller" wrote in message
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    > The advice about taking the USA route is very true, it's the only way to
    > go, if you are heading out there long term. We did that 3 weeks ago, and
    > managed to squeeze 6 large bags on, without paying any extra luggage
    > allowance!
    > As regards Air New Zealand, it's a very much 'no frills' airline:
    > a) No 'seat back' videos - just a great big screen at the front of each
    > section - impossible to see half the time, and no choice of film. No
    > kids programming on our flight at all.
    > b) No colouring books etc given out to the kids - it's a long flight
    > with nothing to occupy them with - so make sure that you take lots of
    > activities for them!
    > c) Food and drink was infrequent, but generally OK, but nothing to write
    > home about. Unlike many airlines operating on a long haul route like
    > this, they did not offer many drinks at all, these had to requested,
    > or you had to get up and get your own - very poor.
    > All in all, not a very comfortable flight, so I would think again about
    > using them next time. Also, in the last 3 weeks there have been two
    > instances of bits of their planes taking off on take off at
    > Auckland.....
    > If luggage is not an issue, you could do worse than to fly Malaysian or
    > Korean. They are much better services, and the flight is about the same
    > - you can even check in your luggage right through to NZ, which you
    > can't now do in post 9/11 USA. Hope this advice helps. Ken.
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Sep 21st 2002, 6:50 am
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I would say avoid Air NZ - all Kiwi's rate them, I don't! QANTAS are worse.
Malaysian everytime - and if you inform them you have PR you get the same
baggage allowance as the others. Also, they fly from the North, and have in
total the shortest time in the sky, good food, seatback video, sat phone at
your seat, etc... Also 34 inch seat pitch in economy as opposed to 32 on Air
NZ and 31 on Singapore.
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    > We have just flown with Air NZ and could not fault them, the food was
    > the best Airline food we had during our trip to Aus & NZ. Wine poured
    > from the bottle. All 3 children received a TAZ bag when they boarded,
    > with crayons, games and toy etc. & that 34 inch seat pitch does make a
    > difference. Would fly with them again.
    > Ken, maybe you came across a bad crew.
    > Kind regards,
    > Cinderella.
    > --
    > Cinderella
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
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Guy,

The seat pitch in AIRNZ Pacific Class (Economy) is 34 inches. As per the web site.

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Old Sep 21st 2002, 9:10 am
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Hi all,

Idon't know the Air New Zealand, but, if u r migrating, there is an
international organisation - the IMO (International Organisation for
Migration). I've heard, that they can provide u with cheap one-way-tickets
with 40kg-limit per person. Pls. look at
http://www.iom.int/ or if u r from
UK look at http://www.iomlondon.org/
Has anybody else any experiences with that org.?


I hope it helps

Michi


"Houdini" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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    > Howdy,
    > Anyone flown Air New Zealand before? If so, what are they like? They
    > seem to be the cheapest flight to Oz; not sure where the two
    > stop-overs are though. Just out of interest, one way tickets for a
    > family of four (2 adults and two children) next May, costs £1778 - can
    > anyone beat this?
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Sep 21st 2002, 9:10 am
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According to the eBookers Legroom Chart Air NZ seat pitch is 34 inches
http://www.ebookers.com/servi-
ces/leg_space.html
.

I have always found them to be excellent. Lack of seat back video is a
drawback but crews are usually very friendly and I have no complaints about
the food or service. Worth joining their Air Points scheme too (or any Star
Alliance airline) as they have been known to upgrade members and the points
soon mount up.

Ben


"Ian Guy" wrote in message
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    > I would say avoid Air NZ - all Kiwi's rate them, I don't! QANTAS are
worse.
    > Malaysian everytime - and if you inform them you have PR you get the same
    > baggage allowance as the others. Also, they fly from the North, and have
in
    > total the shortest time in the sky, good food, seatback video, sat phone
at
    > your seat, etc... Also 34 inch seat pitch in economy as opposed to 32 on
Air
    > NZ and 31 on Singapore.
    > "cinderella" wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > ts.com
    ...
    > >
    > > We have just flown with Air NZ and could not fault them, the food was
    > > the best Airline food we had during our trip to Aus & NZ. Wine poured
    > > from the bottle. All 3 children received a TAZ bag when they boarded,
    > > with crayons, games and toy etc. & that 34 inch seat pitch does make a
    > > difference. Would fly with them again.
    > >
    > > Ken, maybe you came across a bad crew.
    > >
    > >
    > > Kind regards,
    > >
    > > Cinderella.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Cinderella
    > >
    > >
    > > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
    > >
 
Old Sep 21st 2002, 9:21 am
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Air NZ is one of the best airlines we've ever flown (and we did quite a few
trips with them) - the nicest thing was the icecream after lunch on
Sydney-bound flight. The crew are just amazing and extremely helpful. The
only problem is with their ground services, ticketing, etc. - extremely slow
and unprofessional...



in article [email protected], Ben at [email protected]_uktrader.net
wrote on 21/9/02 11:10 AM:

    > According to the eBookers Legroom Chart Air NZ seat pitch is 34 inches
    > http://www.ebookers.com/ser-
    > vices/leg_space.html
    .
    > I have always found them to be excellent. Lack of seat back video is a
    > drawback but crews are usually very friendly and I have no complaints about
    > the food or service. Worth joining their Air Points scheme too (or any Star
    > Alliance airline) as they have been known to upgrade members and the points
    > soon mount up.
    > Ben
    > "Ian Guy" wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > xtra.co.nz
    ...
    >> I would say avoid Air NZ - all Kiwi's rate them, I don't! QANTAS are
    > worse.
    >> Malaysian everytime - and if you inform them you have PR you get the same
    >> baggage allowance as the others. Also, they fly from the North, and have
    > in
    >> total the shortest time in the sky, good food, seatback video, sat phone
    > at
    >> your seat, etc... Also 34 inch seat pitch in economy as opposed to 32 on
    > Air
    >> NZ and 31 on Singapore.
    >> "cinderella" wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >> ats.com
    ...
    >>> We have just flown with Air NZ and could not fault them, the food was
    >>> the best Airline food we had during our trip to Aus & NZ. Wine poured
    >>> from the bottle. All 3 children received a TAZ bag when they boarded,
    >>> with crayons, games and toy etc. & that 34 inch seat pitch does make a
    >>> difference. Would fly with them again.
    >>> Ken, maybe you came across a bad crew.
    >>> Kind regards,
    >>> Cinderella.
    >>> --
    >>> Cinderella
    >>> Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
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Originally posted by Houdini:
Howdy,

Anyone flown Air New Zealand before? If so, what are they like? They seem to be the cheapest flight to Oz; not sure where the two stop-overs are though. Just out of interest, one way tickets for a family of four (2 adults and two children) next May, costs £1778 - can anyone beat this?
Try this site http://www.flights4less.co.uk/ we priced up 3 adults & 2 children £1996 inc tax M/cr to Adelaide with Malasian.

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On Sat, 21 Sep 2002 18:50:19 +1200, "Ian Guy"
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    >I would say avoid Air NZ - all Kiwi's rate them, I don't! QANTAS are worse.

Have you flown with either airline?


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hi,

ive just been looking on http://www.flynow.com/

and priced flights for 4 adults and 1 child flying on aug 1st 2003 manchester to dubai £2132 excl insurance and tax with emirates.....all this out of curiosity....havent got visas yet.

has anyone used emirates?? and what does anyone think of the price??
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Originally posted by yvsie:
hi,

ive just been looking on http://www.flynow.com/

and priced flights for 4 adults and 1 child flying on aug 1st 2003 manchester to dubai £2132 excl insurance and tax with emirates.....all this out of curiosity....havent got visas yet.

has anyone used emirates?? and what does anyone think of the price??
Hi Yvonne
I'm in the middle east and first flew emirates in 1993 to hong kong it was excellent. However since then I've flown them twice and both times they've lost our luggage, once via manila when one bag never showed up and I had to claim the insurance and the second time when I was having my son christened in Dubai. However saying that I still think theyr'e OK and if the price is right go for it!
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[QUOTE][SIZE=1]Originally posted by susmac:


we flew Emirates last month and couldn't fault them.
Excellent seat pitch - 34" and superb service. All seats have seat back tv and if you get the newer planes a larger tv with about 25 games on it as well.
Our kids got special food cases and soft toys handed out and lots of attention.
Dubai airport is fantastic to stop at for a few hours as it has one of those big soft play areas, where for about £2 each you can leave your kids for 2 hours to burn off their energy before getting back on the plane again ! We did this going out and coming back and it really helped them cope with the long plane journey afterwards.
I would definately fly with them again- but they only go to Sydney or Perth.

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