IT SOUNDS like Air New Zealand’s inaugural 787-9 service into Adelaide ( TD yesterday) was a somewhat convivial affair.
The service operated as a one-off “Cellar Door Flight” in partnership with SA winemaker Penfolds, who served some of its coveted new release 2013 Grange Hermitage.
At the post-arrival media conference SA Tourism Minister Leon Bignell harked back to the record set by Aussie cricketer David Boon, who reputedly once drank 52 tinnies of beer on a Qantas flight to London.
He quipped that he and NZ chief revenue officer Cam Wallace might have ended up in the same league, being tempted to down at least three bottles each of the Penfolds plonk.
Fortunately, being a morning flight things were a little more restrained, and there was minimal slurring during speeches delivered by both of the bigwigs.