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Kiwi-cool en route to Houston

Traveltalk’s JENNY ROWLAND gets a taste of Kiwi hospitality on her Air New Zealand flight from Sydney to Houston.

Why are the Kiwis so damn cool? From the new (only 8 weeks old) Air New Zealand Lounge at Sydney Airport (which comes equipped with Grant, the most charming and knowledgeable bartender who made me a delicious signature kiwi-tini cocktail and then recommended a great NZ chardy) to the snappy, fun and entertaining safety video on board – the Kiwi-cool is already upon me.


My flight from Sydney to Auckland for my connection to Los Angeles and then on to Houston was great.  However, Los Angeles will soon be a stopover of the past as Air New Zealand will be commencing direct flights to Houston.


What a pleasure it will be to experience Kiwi hospitality all the way to the USA! Using their refurbished Boeing 777-200 jets on the route, it will become the longest in the airline's route network. And Air New Zealand intends to  fly between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week from mid-December. The new route offers an alternative and Kiwi-cool way for Australians to fly to the US, albeit via a stopover in Auckland.


But it’s not just about the convenience of the route. The difference is the way the crew make you feel. To them, you're not just another passenger - they treat you like a real person right from the Kia Ora get go.


The business class experience from Auckland to LA is what makes even a seasoned traveller get excited about flying business class. Great food and fab NZ wine, a comfy flat bed made up for you by the cabin crew, and an extensive movie and entertainment collection.  Prompt take off and early landing all combine to make this a memorable flight for all the right reasons.


With their new direct flights to Beunos Aires and Houston coming soon, this uber cool carrier will win and keep a whole new legion of fans! And Grants kiwi-tinis are gonna be in big demand.



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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 30 July 2015

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