Patrick McKendry flies aboard Air New Zealand's flight NZ175, from Auckland to Perth.

The plane

: B787-9 Dreamliner.

Class: Economy — I was on a Works ticket, so I got a couple of meals and movies.


Flight time: 7.5 hours — left on time, landed on time. Two big ticks right there.

My seat: 47K — window on right side.

Price: There's a sale running until October 8 in which you can get Economy Class, one-way tickets from Auckland to Perth for $500, for travel on selected dates.

Fellow passengers : Mainly middle-aged and slightly older