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Flying Premium Economy With Air New Zealand - A Cut Above

30th July 2018

Journey to the Americas with the airline that just keeps on winning Airline of the Year Awards – the carrier from just across the pond – Air New Zealand.

For those long-haul flights across the Pacific landing into North America’s major airports, or to South America's vibrant Buenos Aires; take advantage of Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy or Business Premier™ and experience for yourself why Air New Zealand is a Better Way to Fly.

Roslyn Wyatt, Travel Associates adviser, reviews Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy experience while flying from Brisbane to San Francisco via Auckland.

Premium Economy

What’s included when flying Premium Economy:

  • More personal space in a leather armchair
  • Free standard seat select
  • Two pieces of carry on (up to 7kg each)
  • Two pieces of checked luggage (up to 23kg each)
  • Gate to gate Inflight entertainment
  • Complimentary meal and drinks from our Premium Economy menu
  • Glass of bubbles after take off
  • A higher Airpoints Dollars™ and Status Points earn rate

Pre-flight relaxation in the lounge

The check-in process was seamless and easy and the Air New Zealand Koru lounge in Brisbane was sensational in terms of both comfort and luxury. I was lucky enough to enjoy the Koru lounge, and so can all passengers flying Business Premier, or those who are Koru or Star Alliance Gold members. There were too many food and drink choices; the bar was particularly great and served up their signature Kiwitini cocktail – the best I’ve ever had. The contemporary lounge was so open and spacious, and served as the perfect place to relax while I waited for my flight to depart.

Hello fluffy pillows

This was my first time flying Premium Economy and I was completely wowed – and I am hard to wow. My seat was extremely comfortable and I still felt like I had my own privacy. Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy seats have the largest seat pitch in its class and leg rest extended far enough for tall person to enjoy sitting or sleeping comfortably. With the help of some big fluffy pillows and a warm and cosy blanket, I had no problem sleeping right through to Auckland.

Service second to none

I felt so well taken care of the whole way through and would rate the service 10 out of 10 – there was not more the cabin crew could have done to make me more comfortable. They attended to me just enough to make sure my needs were met, but not too regularly to be annoying. And what really stood out to me was their pure friendliness. For that added bit of luxury, I got an amenity kit with key toiletries and other items that are particularly useful on a long-haul flight.  

Wining and dining


The meals were mouth-watering. While the Premium Economy menu was full of choice, I was also able to sample from the Business Premier menu. The food, inspired by world famous New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith, was delicious – you could taste the fresh, high quality ingredients. The desserts were light enough to squeeze in and sounded too tasty to resist, plus there was always a consistent and excellent selection of award-winning New Zealand wines. It was all the more enjoyable because everything was served with real crockery and cutlery. And the best part –  real coffee!

All the little things really did add up to a whole lot more for me on this flight. It is no surprise Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy class was named Best Premium Economy 2018 by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Flying daily from Australia, Air New Zealand can connect you seamlessly to North and South America via Auckland. View our current deals or speak with a Travel Associates adviser.