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Old Oct 31, 18, 3:55 pm
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Dinner guest in business class

Hi,

I'm pretty sure I know the answer is going to be "no" but thought I'd ask anyway. I am flying business from SFO to AKL in a few weeks and have a colleague who is flying economy on the same flight.

With the setup of the Air New Zealand business seat you can have someone "join you" for dinner. Would I be permitted to bring my friend up from economy to sit with me for dinner or even just for a chat?
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Old Oct 31, 18, 3:58 pm
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No and no (well, extremely unlikely). If every J pax did that, well.....just imagine
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Old Oct 31, 18, 4:04 pm
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Nope.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 4:49 pm
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My Wife and I decided to do the face-to-face dining on our HKG-AKL flight (we were both in biz) and the crew were delighted - they said hardly anyone does that. The ottoman is not recommended for seating much longer than the meal service. You are very much perched on the edge of it. However, it was a pleasant change.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 5:55 pm
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What food would you expect him to be served? Just curious.....
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Old Oct 31, 18, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by CHCflyer View Post
My Wife and I decided to do the face-to-face dining on our HKG-AKL flight (we were both in biz) and the crew were delighted - they said hardly anyone does that. The ottoman is not recommended for seating much longer than the meal service. You are very much perched on the edge of it. However, it was a pleasant change.
I take it that you were both ticketed in J. That is the crux of OP's question.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:27 pm
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Why would you think someone could have access to a service they didn’t buy? Y pax cannot even use J bathrooms!
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Old Nov 1, 18, 4:11 am
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Old Nov 1, 18, 6:13 am
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Maybe if there is a spare seat, you will be permitted to join your colleague in Y and be served the Y meal.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 4:25 pm
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Maybe if there is a spare seat, you will be permitted to join your colleague in Y and be served the Y meal.
I think that is an unreasonable suggestion - crew are busy enough at meal time, without expecting them to serve a Y meal if you are seated somewhere else. And it would not be a good look for a passenger to carry their own meal through that cabins.

J pax have paid a lot of money to not be disturbed by non-J passengers.

[disclosure I am usually a Y passenger]
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Old Nov 2, 18, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by jeffrocowboy View Post
I think that is an unreasonable suggestion - crew are busy enough at meal time, without expecting them to serve a Y meal if you are seated somewhere else. And it would not be a good look for a passenger to carry their own meal through that cabins.

J pax have paid a lot of money to not be disturbed by non-J passengers.

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I wouldn’t say people fly J not to be disturbed by non-J. We are for the most part all Kiwis on air NZ (well at least 75% of the people I chat too in J are).

I usualy fly J when I’m going long hall (which thankfully nowadays is only ~4x a year) as I want some rest because usually go in to work within a couple of hours of arriving even if been traveling best part of 24h.

That’s for the most part what business class is.

(i doubt anyone would fly J just for the food- you can buy a lot of very nice restaurant dinner meals for the difference in one flight)
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Old Nov 2, 18, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi View Post
No and no (well, extremely unlikely). If every J pax did that, well.....just imagine
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Old Nov 3, 18, 2:18 am
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I wouldn’t say people fly J not to be disturbed by non-J.
I might be the exception but that is the exact reason why I fly J? But point here is not about non-J , rather it is not to be disturbed at all.
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Old Nov 3, 18, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by wackyflyer View Post
(i doubt anyone would fly J just for the food- you can buy a lot of very nice restaurant dinner meals for the difference in one flight)
Particularly the J food NZ serves.
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Old Nov 3, 18, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by poopbunny View Post
Particularly the J food NZ serves.
The food I had on AKL-SFO and LAX-AKL last week was seriously underwhelming. The Impossible Burger was the only standout.

Only a single starter now, and with prawns now off the air NZ menu and salmon seemingly gone you can't afford to be fussy.
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