Even if it’s only a short journey across the Tasman, Air NZ Business Premier is comfortable and has a service you would expect.
Air New Zealand’s Business Class, or officially known as “Business Premier” is a product that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. With a very good reputation for quality in the industry, making the short 3 hour trip across the Tasman was long enough to get a small taste and feel for the airline but not long enough to fully experience what was a very impressive flight.
I flew as a guest of Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand to test the product and visit their beautiful country.
The Fleet and Routes
Flying 3-5 flights daily from Sydney to Auckland, if you want to try Business Premier, be sure you pick either the Boeing 777 or 787 Dreamliner aircraft as they are the flight that have the three class cabin. The A320 currently only have the one class all-economy cabin.
Air New Zealand currently offer their Business Premier to the following destinations from New Zealand (some routes are seasonal) :
Asia / Pacific
- Hong Kong
- Buenos Aires
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
You can view the latest destinations on the Air New Zealand website.
The Seats And Cabin
The layout in Business Premier on the 777 I flew was 1-2-1 with every seat having direct aisle access. All seats convert into a fully flat bed. The seat is in the herringbone configuration so privacy isn’t always the best, with the seats all angled towards the aisle but comfort makes up for this.
With the herringbone layout, it means that when sitting upright, you are able to peer directly at your neighbours feet, or in my case being tall, into the eyes of the passenger opposite me. The other gripe that most people have is that if you are in a window seat, you do need to turn your body around if you want to look out the window due to the angle.
Once in your seat and reclined a little, you will forget all about anyone else on the flight as the dividers are high enough, and with your screen out, you will feel tucked away comfortably in your pod.
The white leather seats are impeccably clean, very spacious, and compared to a lot of other business classes I’ve flown, I can see why people rate Air New Zealand very high for comfort.
For space, there is room to store a bottle of water, your laptop and a book with the 11-inch touchscreen monitors having USB and power sockets. The table comes out of the side of your pod which is large enough to not worry about anything falling off.
One of the areas that I noticed as a point of difference with Air New Zealand was their service. Check in was very welcoming. The airport staff were extremely friendly and helpful and with a tour around the lounge at Sydney Airport, you could see they wanted customers flying with them to enjoy the experience.
Once on board, the all New Zealand crew made sure you were looked after. All had a friendly smile and genuine helpfulness about them.
What’s On The Menu
Being a flight being mid morning out of Sydney, we were offered an early lunch on board. I chose the chicken option with a side of veggies. The quality of the food was very tasty and the chicken was moist.
Each meal is delivered to your seat personally and is served over white cloth, adding that extra class. I was also offered a tasting of all the different wines that are offered to the Business Premier and Premium Economy classes.
Overall, flying Business Premier on Air New Zealand was a very impressive experience. It was only a short 3 hour mid morning flight so unfortunately there wasn’t a chance to turn the seat into the fully flat bed for very long. Saying that, I had plenty of time to relax in the super comfortable seat and enjoy the New Zealand hospitality.