Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By He­len Hayes

TFLIGHT NUM­BER: NZ 102 ROUTE: Syd­ney to Auck­land AIR­CRAFT: B787-9N CLASS: Busi­ness Premier SEAT: 4J DU­RA­TION: 2 hours 19 min­utes

his was my first flight on a Dream­liner and the air­craft for my flight is brand new – with just the flight from Boe­ing’s Seat­tle head­quar­ters un­der its wings. Busi­ness Premier fea­tures 18 seats con­fig­ured in three rows of one in a her­ring­bone style.

The gor­geous pale leather seats are ex­tremely com­fort­able, with a black leather ot­toman that be­comes part of the flat-bed when time for a nap. There is a very large ta­ble that slides up and out from a clever com­part­ment in the side wall, stor­age for phones or pass­ports un­der the left arm­rest, and as soon as I have stored my bibs and bobs in the var­i­ous hidey holes, I am straight onto the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem to watch a movie. The gate-to-gate sys­tem is ex­actly that, mean­ing you can watch movies or tv shows from go to whoa. I choose Adrift, and don’t even mind when the air safety video comes on be­cause, it’s Air New Zealand and their safety videos are top of the class.

We are mid ocean, both in the flight and in the movie, when lunch ar­rives. I chose an en­trée of seared beef eye fil­let with sko­rdalia, green beans, cherry toma­toes, al­monds, and salsa verde with a main of lamb shank in red wine with chorizo and rose­mary bar­ley risotto, roasted car­rots and lamb jus.

Con­sul­tant Chef, Pe­ter Gor­don, out­did him­self as the lamb shank was di­vine. As for dessert, the pas­sion­fruit and lemon curd ice cream with mango sauce and lemon meringue is dreamy.

The ver­dict: Air New Zealand does it so well, with the ser­vice, meal qual­ity and the rar­efied pur­ple-lit Busi­ness Premier cabin ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous.

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