Airline Review – With Air New Zealand via Los Angeles to Auckland

Airline Review – With Air New Zealand via Los Angeles to Auckland

Hello from New Zealand,

I’m super happy being at this beautiful place on earth. Before I will tell you about our New Zealand adventures so far, I wanna show you my review about Air New Zealand.

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Yesterday afternoon we started our long journey. We first flew with the Airbus A-321 by Lufthansa from Frankfurt to London. The flight was already really pleasant and lasted only a bit more than an hour.


We had a few hours layover in London and thus were able to eat something there. I can recommend you visiting the restaurant „Natural Fast Food“. They have super yummy and healthy food.


After spending a few hours at London Airport we flew with Air New Zealand in the Boeing B777-300 to Auckland. Because the flight would have been too long without a stop there is a short layover in Los Angeles. During that time the airplane can be refueled, the crew can switch etc. For the passangers this only means that they have some time to walk around or to get something to drink or eat at LAX. Besides that you still keep your old seats.


This was very handy to me because we really got great seats. We had three seats by ourselves and I had a nice window seat 🙂


The approach into Los Angeles was simply amazing!

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Because the flight is really long I decided to stay awake on our first flight from London to Los Angeles and sleep on the second flight from Los Angeles to Auckland. This has proven to be a great choice because I landed feeling quite rested in Auckland.


One of the reason for this was the SkyCouch by Air New Zealand that we were able to test on both flights. We didn’t use it on the first flight but on the second flight it was simply amazing 😀


You may wonder now: “What is a SkyCouch?“ I was the same in the beginning. The SkyCouch is a new model at the Economy Class from Air New Zealand and it has many advantages:


If you book the SkyCouch in the Economy Class you and your partner have three seats for yourselves. This means the middle seat is always empty. Besides that you have the chance extending the „couch“ (including cozy pillows, blankets etc.). Hence, you can rest really really well 😀 Especially at long-haul flights the SkyCouch is amazing 🙂


But even besides that Air New Zealand offers a lot of Extras. I don’t think I’ve ever flown with another airline offering more extras (all that already in the Economy Class) 😀 They offer great things such as:


  • Seat Chat – via this feature you are able to chat with other passengers on board 😀
  • ScreenShare – this means that couples or families can actually watch a movie or such together
  • tripadvisor – via this app you can already find out about activities and things to do at the destination or another place of your choice
  • weather – you can look at the weather at any place of your choice
  • Favorites – via this function you can save all movie favorites and can even send them to yourself via email


  • USB-plug and storage place for your mobile – I think both is really convenient


Besides that I’ve never seen such an amazing Entertainment Program as on board of Air New Zealand. We could choose among amazing movies such as „Aloha“ (the perfect movie to me as it is about a young female pilot and Hawaii 😀 ), „The Intern“ (very sweet movie), „Budapest Hotel“ (I love this movie) and many other cool movies. Of course there were also cool series such as „Big Bang Theory“ or „How I met your Mother” on board. I believe there were over 150 series, movies etc. 😀


Overall I saved around 15 movies and in the end decided  to watch „He’s Just Not That Into You“, „Aloha“ (I just had to watch it again 😀 ) and „The Big Short“. All really cool movies 🙂 You could also choose among nice Disney movies 🙂


Of course I also filmed a small On Board Food Diary for you guys.

Flight via London to Los Angeles

Meal 1: Lunch


We had gulasch with mashed potatoes, creckers with cheese, potatoe salad and as a highlight: chocolate ice cream as dessert 😀


I don’t think I’ve ever had ice cream above the clouds, hence, it was definitely a highlight for me. Besides that the food was good but I would have liked to have some more healthy food on board such as some fruit or some lettuce instead of the potatoe salad. That is the only critique 😛

Meal 2: Afternoon Tea


Now the food was great! We had a whole grain turkey sandwich with fruit salad and a raisin scone. Everything was super yummy and most of it also healthy 😉

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Flight from Los Angeles to Auckland

Meal 1: Dinner


We had rice noodles with chicken and vegetables, a farmer’s salad and unfortunately a bit too sweet cake 😛 Also here I would have loved to have some healthy alternatives.

Meal 2: Breakfast


Approx. two hours before arrival in Auckland we were served a delicious and light breakfast. The food was totally tasty and exactly how I like it 🙂 We had fruit salad with fat free yogurt and a cinnamon muffin. Everything tasted really great!


What I recognized very positively was the excellent service of the Air New Zealand employees. It already started with the ground staff but especially the flight attendants were super friendly and great 🙂


Oh, and before I forget it: Air New Zealand has the cooles air safety video ever!! You watch a video where next to really cool pro surfers beautiful waves are shown and really EVERYONE keeps on watching 😀


Overall I’ve never been in an airplane for so long. Hence, it was really important on this flight flying with a good airline. It took us approx. 11 hours to Los Angeles and to Auckland around 13 hours. If we had flown with a bad airline there would have been horrible 24 hours 😛


My expectations of Air New Zealand were beforehand quite high because I’ve only heard 100% positive things about them. Even though, my expectations have not been disappointed 🙂

My Overall Rating is the following:

5 is the highest, 1 the lowest score

Service                 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Airplanes             ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Food                     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Entertainment      ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Extras                   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall Rating:    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.8 = 4,8 Sterne

Overall I was super happy flying with Air New Zealand on this long trip and can recommend them 100% .

Btw here is a very cool new safety video from Air New Zealand:


Have you every flown with Air New Zealand and how did you like it?



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