Helen van Berkel flies Air NZ 5008, Invercargill to Christchurch.

The plane:

An ATR 72

Class: Economy

Price: Air New Zealand's website shows Wednesday flights ranging from $169-$364.


On time: Yes

My seat: 2D

Fellow passengers: Businessmen in polo shirts.

How full: About three-quarters.

Entertainment: A book if you brought one.

The service: A cup of tea and later a lolly with a smile.

The toilet: We were up and down so quick and I was in a window seat with a businessman beside me so I didn't check it.

Luggage: 23kg.

The airport experience: We were late and I was afraid I might have to display my angry side but a staff member appeared, checked in my bag and we boarded almost immediately.

Would I fly this again: No reason why not.