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That is the most effective Air NZ meal I’ve had — and it wasn’t in Enterprise Class

Brook Sabin is a journey reporter with Stuff.

REVIEW: Airline meals is certainly one of my favourite issues about journey. Tucking down on a meal excessive within the sky often means an journey is about to unfold.

However meals at 36,000 ft will be hit-and-miss. Regardless of enormous leaps in aviation know-how, meals nonetheless seems prefer it’s a glorified microwave dinner and sometimes tastes prefer it too. Nevertheless, on a current Air New Zealand flight, I had the most effective airline meal I’ve ever tried. And no, it wasn’t in Enterprise – I ate this additional again within the aircraft.

The route

Auckland to Singapore, NZ282.

The aircraft

A 787-9 (often known as a Dreamliner)

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Air New Zealand’s Worldwide Lounge at Auckland Airport is a haven for this flight.

It departs at 1.05 within the morning, that means good meals and cozy seats are a should – and this lounge delivers each.

Time within the air

10 hours and 26 minutes; we took off 10 minutes late and arrived one minute late.

On a recent Air New Zealand flight, Brook Sabin had the best airline meal he'd ever tried.

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On a current Air New Zealand flight, Brook Sabin had the most effective airline meal he’d ever tried.

The seat

I used to be booked in Economic system, however used a Recognition Improve (free upgrades supplied to Airpoints Gold and Gold Elite members) to get into Premium Economic system.

Our seat had a 41″ (104.1cm) pitch, 9″ (22.9cm) recline and width of 19.3″ (49cm) – making it one of the crucial luxurious Premium Economic system seats within the sky.


Air New Zealand’s seat-back touchscreen has a lot of content material choices, however it was a bit of gentle on new blockbusters – maybe owing to the actual fact the film studios are nonetheless catching up after Covid-19 disruptions. I am trying ahead to the day an airline provides Netflix or providers like Neon or Disney+ on their flights.

Air New Zealand's Premium Economy cabin.

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Air New Zealand’s Premium Economic system cabin.

The facilities

A powerful little amenity equipment was given out to Premium Economic system clients, which features a dental equipment, ear plugs, a elaborate Air New Zealand pen, hand cream and a watch masks.


This was a robust level of the service – the meal was higher than I’ve had on many Enterprise Class flights on different airways.

Specifically, the breakfast earlier than touchdown was spectacular. It was pork stomach on noodles with bok choy, along with a contemporary fruit salad, yoghurt and Vogel’s cereal.

Our breakfast before landing in Singapore, including pork belly on noodles.

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Our breakfast earlier than touchdown in Singapore, together with pork stomach on noodles.

The pork stomach was gentle and tender to eat, and the fatty layer was scrumptious – nearly restaurant high quality, which is fairly outstanding for one thing ready many hours earlier. It stays the most effective meal I’ve had within the sky.

In the event you’re not a fan of pork, there have been two different choices.

The service

The small Premium Economic system Cabin was served by probably the most attentive cabin crew member I’ve ever come throughout; I want I bought his identify from him as a result of he deserves credit score.

Each passenger was greeted personally, and for the remainder of the ten hours, I handled every of us as if we have been in Enterprise Class.

The most effective bit was the delight he took in his job; happiness is contagious.

The frequency

Air New Zealand has day by day flights between Auckland and Singapore.

The necessities

Flights from Auckland to Singapore from round $1741 return in Economic system and $2687 return in Premium Economic system.

Happy flyers after a good meal.

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Pleased flyers after a very good meal.

The decision

In the event you’re needing an evening of sleep on a flight, and are after some nice meals, think about upgrading to Premium Economic system.

In the event you do not need to stump up the total fare, you can too strive a OneUp improve the place you bid what you assume the seat is price earlier than the flight. You would possibly simply snag the improve if there is a free seat and your bid is increased than others.

In the event you occur to make it to Premium, you are in for an amazing meal and repair.

The author paid his personal means.

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