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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.

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