Stewart Germann flies from Auckland to Chicago aboard flight NZ26

The plane:

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner — the pride of Air New Zealand's fleet. It was immaculate and looked almost brand new.

Class: Premium Economy seat 26A, right near the engine, which made it a bit noisy but the push-button window shades are excellent.


How full: Not a spare seat in Business Premier, Premium Economy or Economy. The overhead lockers are big and roomy.

Flight time : We left for Chicago 45 minutes late because of a technical issue with a flight time of 14hr, 50m but landed