Old Oct 25, 18, 12:18 am
Join Date: Dec 2006
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Personally I wouldn't bother going CHC-AKL-MEL over CHC-MEL in business. All Trans Tasman 737s have on demand entertainment in all classes.

CHC-MEL in QF 737 C is fine for a flight that length, it's equivalent to flying domestic first class in the US in terms of seat, but the food/beverage service is the same as flying from AKL. The CHC lounge is nothing special, but then the AKL QF lounge isn't much better, certainly not worth adding hours of time to travel for.

CHC-AKL on Jetstar would be a Low Cost Carrier experience. No lounge in Christchurch and you have to pick up luggage at Auckland and check in separately for the AKL-MEL flight. You could fly Air NZ CHC-AKL, but unless you have *A Gold status (for lounge access and the Space + greater legroom seats) your experience wont be much different from Jetstar, as you'll be on a separate booking from Qantas.

Only one of the daily AKL-MEL flights is on the A330, the others are on the 737. The A330 experience is much better than the 737, but the question is whether a lie flat bed is worth doubling the travel time for.
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