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It is a shell back design so the passenger in
front cannot recline into your space, while
your feet sink into 'Otto' the foot cushion.
e seats are arranged in sets of two with
outboard ones being more private and the
middle set more for couples, with a central
padded table that can be pushed down-
wards so the two seats form a at bed.
Passengers enjoy a meal that is quite
di erent from the normal airline fare with
tapas, pizzas, even gourmet Angus beef
burgers on o er, while couples can also
share a dessert platter.
At snack time toasted sandwiches can be
whipped up or perhaps an apple and cin-
namon spiced hot cake.
Wines are from the Business Premier
business class selection.
e airline's Business Premier has been
enhanced on the previous o ering with the
important addition of a thick mattress.
Meal ser vice is on demand and served
restaurant style with no meal trays.
e throwing out of the old also includes
the amenities kit in business class with new
wildly striped socks and funky eyeshades
that might have you looking like a raccoon.
e Air New Zealand 777-300ER has
ve galleys to improve the speed of delivery
to passengers and ve galley chefs prepare
In a rst, induction ovens have been
installed which allows for the cooking
of food onboard so you can now order a
steak the way you would like it or get real
poached eggs. Also onboard for the rst
time are toasters.
Some of the galleys have been increased
in size and large LCD screens added to
enable a platform to host passenger interac-
tions such as wine tasting.
ere is also new elegant crockery and
Finishing o the makeover is some
fascinating and fun attention to detail in
Air New Zealand has gained a reputa-
tion for the risqué with sta , including the
CEO, stripping down to be body painted
for safety videos and TV commercials that
have become massive hits on YouTube.
Its latest edgy foray is to be found in the
form of bookcase wallpaper on some of the
toilets of its new 777-300ER.
As one whiles away the time in the little
house you can read the book titles such as
e Importance of the Aiming which delivers
a not too subtle message to male passen-
gers. Others such as My, at is Big and
the Insiders Guide to Nude Skiing in New
Zealand leave you wondering and smiling.
Uncovered: A Brief History of Under wear
and e Mile High Club: Tell All Stories have
you pondering just where you can buy these
books. However, most will probably pass
on Public Toilets of New Zealand and e
Porcelain Polishers Club.
READING ROOM Bookcases in some of the 777's toilets host some light hearted 'reading'. (Geoffrey Thomas)
And for those not into reading fascinat-
ing book titles you can try the loo with
giant chandelier wallpaper.
e rst 777-300ER entered service
on January 11 operating Auckland-Mel-
bourne, before makings its rst trans-
Paci c Auckland-Los Angeles ight on
Air New Zealand has another four
777-300ERs on rm order with additional
options, and will also re t its existing eight
304-seat 777-200ERs with the new prod-
uct over the next two years.
777s of another model may also nd
their way into the Air New Zealand eet,
as the airline is examining "a host" of eet
options, including the Boeing 777-200LR,
to mitigate the further delays in the 787
program. Sims said that the airline was
"looking at the -200LR version to open
up new non-stop routes" that may include
Chicago, other US Midwest points or
South American destinations.
"We are examining a host of options for
our eet to ll the gap in the slippage in
the 787 program."
Air New Zealand was the second airline
to order the 787 and is the launch customer
for the 787-9. It was due to take the 35th
Dreamliner o the assembly line, but Sims
said Boeing has advised the airline that the
rst 787-9 will now be further back in the
"We don't know what the extent of the
delay will be," he noted.
e airline had planned to build its
long haul eet around two types -- the
777-300ER and 787-9 -- but is being
forced to retain its 747-400 eet past 2012
and will refurbish its eight 777-200ERs.
Still, no matter which aircraft comes
next, the airline has even grander plans for
According to manager aircraft programs
Kerry Reeves, time constraints limited
some concepts for the 777-300ER. " ere
are more ideas in the pipeline, what you see
here is a start of the innovation process."
Australian Aviation has had exclusive
access to some of those concepts on a
con dential basis and they are exciting and
raise the bar further. ere's no doubt Air
New Zealand has made global aviation his-
tory and looks set to keep making it.
'Game changer' and 'unique' are well
worn terms that have long lost their punch,
but the impact of Air New Zealand's new
777-300ER interior will indeed change the
Airlines for decades have battled with
the overall demand for lower fares from
economy passengers by reducing space
while tapping the potential for higher pre-
mium fares for at beds by increasing the
space in the front end.
It seems incredible that when the jet
age arrived the pitch between the rows
of economy seats was an incredible 40in
(102cm), compared with today's typical
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