Linda Meads flies Air New Zealand NZ452 from Wellington to Auckland.
An A320 as usually flies the route, but we were lucky enough to score one that services Air New Zealand's short-haul international routes. As such, it had entertainment screens on the seatback. Oh the joy. Luckily I always carry headphones, as the cabin crew were not handing them out.
Class: The usual back half of the aircraft.
Price: Return Seat + Bag flights booked at very late notice were $611.
Flight time: In the air for 45 minutes. We were slightly late leaving the capital on what was a beautifully sunny but windy (yeah, I know) Sunday afternoon but made up the time en route to Auckland, landing one minute behind schedule. As we made our descent into Mangere there were a few lurches and drops I normally only feel flying in the other direction.
My seat: 25F — love those window seats. However, there weren't any spectacular views of the Central Plateau today — just a pretty blanket of cloud.
Fellow passengers: Always such a mixed bag. Commuters, families, solo travellers and tourists.
How full: Chocka.
Entertainment:f No Air New Zealand quiz to be found here. Instead I managed to get in an episode of Travel Man (Richard Ayoade in Hong Kong with actor Jon Hamm for 48 hours — very good) and a bit of The Handmaid's Tale.
Food and drink: I was surprised to hear the drinks menu described in forensic detail — Dilmah English Breakfast tea or Moccona coffee. This was accompanied by an excellent Cookie Time ginger biscuit or corn chips.
The toilets: Too busy watching telly.
The airport experience: Wellington Airport was like Grand Central Station. There is so much to
do there these days you can easily pass an hour or so.
Would I fly this again? In about three weeks ...