Flight check: Christchurch to Auckland aboard Air New Zealand

By Helen van Berkel

Helen van Berkel flies aboard Air New Zealand’s flight NZ548 from Christchurch to Auckland.
An Air New Zealand Airbus A320. Photo / Mark Mitchell
An Air New Zealand Airbus A320. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Plane: An A320-200. There are 30 in the airline's stable.

Class: Economy.

Price: Air New Zealand's website shows Wednesday flights ranging from $169-$499.

On time: Ten minutes late - passengers from the inward flight were getting off as we sat waiting to get on. But we arrived on time.

My seat: 14C.

Fellow passengers: 90 per cent Chinese families and couples.

How full: 99 per cent.

Entertainment: Watching your neighbour checking stock prices in China on his tablet.

The toilet: As soon as the seatbelt light was off, I was off to check the loos - and gave the poor hostess a heart attack as she ate her dinner, still strapped in her seat.

But the loo flushed and Antipodes-brand push soap and hot and cold water were provided - although the sink may not have been cleaned between flights.

The service: A cup of tea and cheese and crackers delivered with admirable politeness, especially after our earlier encounter.

Luggage: 23kg.

The airport experience: Christchurch is a small airport but odd signposting still ensured I managed to get lost.

Would I fly this again: Yes.

- NZ Herald

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