Consistently rated among the world’s best international airlines, Air New Zealand was most recently named ‘Eco Airline of the Year’ by Air Transport World in 2019. It has also swept the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards for each of their classes of service in 2019, including winning ‘Best Premium Economy in the World’. Air New Zealand’s success is grounded by a focus on true product innovation and a commitment to delivering a world-class flight experience to every customer.

Air New Zealand has been connecting travelers for 80 years. North American services include non-stop flights to New Zealand from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Honolulu and Vancouver. They also offer from Los Angeles non-stop flights to the Cook Islands and to London, with the London service ending October 2020. A new non-stop flight from New York will be taking off in October 2020, operating 3 times a week!

Air New Zealand offers three classes of service on their flights between North America and New Zealand:

Business Premier is the equivalent to first class. Every luxurious 22” wide leather seat has direct aisle access and converts into a completely lie-flat bed 6’8” long – one of the longest in the sky! Enjoy exceptional meal and beverage service with an extensive selection of premium New Zealand wines to complement the meals. You are allowed 3 free checked bags per person and you have access to the international lounges in your gateway cities. US add-ons are in first class where available.

Premium Economy is like the old business class.  Sit back in plush leather seats with generous armrests, a leg rest and extendable foot support.Enjoy more legroom with 41” seat pitch – the largest in its class – and relax with 50% more recline than Economy. Seat configuration is 2-4-2. You also receive premium check-in, on-board amenity kits, upgraded meal/beverage service, premium headphones and personalized in-flight service. You are allowed 2 free checked bags per person. You do not have lounge access included. US add-ons are in economy class.

Economy is standard coach class, with seating configuration 3-4-3 on most aircrafts. You have the same on-demand entertainment as the other two classes, and dinner and breakfast are both served during the flight along with numerous snacks. You are allowed 1 free checked bag per person and you do not have lounge access included. Economy Skycouchis like having your very own couch on the plane. It is a trio of Economy seats that together create a 5’1” couch – perfect for families traveling with young kids to use as a play or sleep area. Economy Stretch is coming soon on the longhaul aircrafts, offering extra leg room in the first two rows of the economy class. Expected release is late 2020.

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