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Catering - what's Air NZ serving these days?

Old Feb 18, 06, 1:06 am
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Originally Posted by mad_atta
I got my upgrade NZ144 SYD-WLG last weekend and it was a great flight, presided over by one of those fantastic NZ FAs that really give you a warm fuzzy feeling about the airline. She was called Angie, and was incredibly friendly and capable. Interestingly, she said that trans-Tasman menus in C change weekly...
Thanks for the report! Look forward to that flight in a couple of weeks...

Any recommendations on seats (in C)?
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Old Feb 18, 06, 6:37 am
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Of the 8 J seats on the A320, IMHO row 2 is the one to go for - row 1 doesn't have great legroom. AFAIK the recline is the same on both.
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Old Feb 18, 06, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by mad_atta
Of the 8 J seats on the A320, IMHO row 2 is the one to go for - row 1 doesn't have great legroom. AFAIK the recline is the same on both.
Thanks ^

...would you know anything about C seating on the 777s? (not to go too far off-topic)...
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Old Feb 18, 06, 11:58 pm
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Originally Posted by mad_atta
Of the 8 J seats on the A320, IMHO row 2 is the one to go for - row 1 doesn't have great legroom. AFAIK the recline is the same on both.
Agree - go for row 2 - I am tall and for me Row 1 is the last choice, if you finish up with it get an aisle row, where at least you can stetch your legs pass the bulkhead
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Old Feb 19, 06, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by WindFlyer
Thanks ^

...would you know anything about C seating on the 777s? (not to go too far off-topic)...
Sorry, I've not had the pleasure...
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Old Feb 22, 06, 7:38 pm
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Just had this on 21/02 AKL-PER in business (763).

Lunch

STARTER
Sugar cured and seared tuna with chilli kelp seasoning, papaya and witloof salad, coriander creme fraiche.

(I didn't have this as I don't do seafood, but a colleague said it was very good - he had his and mine).

MAIN COURSE
Mustard and macadamia nut eye fillet of beef, sauteed courgette, mushroom and potato, thyme infused mushroom cream.

(I had the beef; very good, but just 30% too small.)

Lemon caramelised snapper, gourmet potatoes, roasted tomato and rocket salad with vanilla saffron aioli.

Sage and fig confit of chicken thigh, parsnip puree, manuka glazed bok choy and rosemary chicken jus.

DESSERT
Green grape brulee tart with wild walnut caramel praline.
(This was excellent)

Gourmet ice cream dessert of blackcurrant and blackberry and spiced apple crumble ice cream.

CHEESE
A selection of fine New Zealand cheese
(Disappointing here - only two cheeses available)

BEVERAGES
Freshly brewed or decaffeinated Gravity coffee, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate.

Light Meal

STARTER
Fresh fruit salad of melon, kiwifruit and tropical papaya.

REFRESHMENT
Smoked chicken and cranberry wrap with rocket and brie, served with potato, cranberry and horopito salad
(I had this - again very good, but just too small.)

Toasted salmon, basil pesto and tomato baguette with fennel, salted capers and capsicum and piri piri sauce.

DESSERT
Freshly baked blueberry friand and orange syrup tea cakes.

Beverages
Freshly brewed or decaffeinated Gravity coffee, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate.

All in all a good flight - I do like the old C seats, although the 763 was noticably narrower than the 744. Managed to get some sleep; the food was good - albeit small. 14 out of 24 seats (and a very full load in the back) were full. The crew were very good -- kept me plied with the 42 Below cocktails the entire flight much to their amusement, and the ISD was coming around discussing the new C with each passenger. I did mention the food was too small to the ISD, and have emailed flightcomment.

The only negative (and really barely so.. just kinda odd I guess) was the fact that they allowed two late teen children of a couple in C to sit in C for landing. Ostensibly so the family could go through customs together, but the kids were through customs far before the parents were.... otherwise a good flight, and I'm hoping my upgrade clears for the return on 04/03.
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Old Feb 22, 06, 10:51 pm
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Originally Posted by ajnz
Just had this on 21/02 AKL-PER in business (763).

Lunch

STARTER
Sugar cured and seared tuna with chilli kelp seasoning, papaya and witloof salad, coriander creme fraiche.

(I didn't have this as I don't do seafood, but a colleague said it was very good - he had his and mine).

MAIN COURSE
Mustard and macadamia nut eye fillet of beef, sauteed courgette, mushroom and potato, thyme infused mushroom cream.

(I had the beef; very good, but just 30% too small.)

Lemon caramelised snapper, gourmet potatoes, roasted tomato and rocket salad with vanilla saffron aioli.

Sage and fig confit of chicken thigh, parsnip puree, manuka glazed bok choy and rosemary chicken jus.

DESSERT
Green grape brulee tart with wild walnut caramel praline.
(This was excellent)

Gourmet ice cream dessert of blackcurrant and blackberry and spiced apple crumble ice cream.

CHEESE
A selection of fine New Zealand cheese
(Disappointing here - only two cheeses available)

BEVERAGES
Freshly brewed or decaffeinated Gravity coffee, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate.

Light Meal

STARTER
Fresh fruit salad of melon, kiwifruit and tropical papaya.

REFRESHMENT
Smoked chicken and cranberry wrap with rocket and brie, served with potato, cranberry and horopito salad
(I had this - again very good, but just too small.)

Toasted salmon, basil pesto and tomato baguette with fennel, salted capers and capsicum and piri piri sauce.

DESSERT
Freshly baked blueberry friand and orange syrup tea cakes.

Beverages
Freshly brewed or decaffeinated Gravity coffee, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate.

All in all a good flight - I do like the old C seats, although the 763 was noticably narrower than the 744. Managed to get some sleep; the food was good - albeit small. 14 out of 24 seats (and a very full load in the back) were full. The crew were very good -- kept me plied with the 42 Below cocktails the entire flight much to their amusement, and the ISD was coming around discussing the new C with each passenger. I did mention the food was too small to the ISD, and have emailed flightcomment.

The only negative (and really barely so.. just kinda odd I guess) was the fact that they allowed two late teen children of a couple in C to sit in C for landing. Ostensibly so the family could go through customs together, but the kids were through customs far before the parents were.... otherwise a good flight, and I'm hoping my upgrade clears for the return on 04/03.
I did a number of AKL - PER J flights last year, and they were all great.

Did one PER - AKL return, but no chance of sleeping for me with the J seats.

Yet to try the new premium business class, and hope to do in the next month or two to SFO
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Old Mar 13, 06, 1:25 pm
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NZ 1 LHR-LAX C Mar 2006

Dinner

STARTER

Baked parmesan ricotta with yellow beetroot, lambs lettuce, roasted szechuan almonds, and pomegranate molasses and avocado oil dressing

MAIN COURSE

Roast beef fillet and vine ripened tomato, buttered noodles, green beans and rocket with tarragon pecorino and horopito pesto (nut free)

Seared organic salmon with roasted artichokes, sweet potato mash, asparagus and truffled salsa verde

Marinated corn fed chicken breast on mushroom risotto, courgettes, buck wheat and pea sprouts

Light choice of seared smoked tofu and spinach on roasted sweet corn puree with yuzu pickled cucumber and bean sprout salad

LIGHT DINING

Ask your flight attendant if you would prefer a light meal consisting of a selection of breads, the appetizer of the day, cheese and chocolates

DESSERT

Date, amaretti and Brazil nut tart with palm sugar sauce and raspberry rosewater compote

Gourmet icecream desser of blueberry crme fraiche and tiramisu

CHEESE

A selection of fine cheese with prune and walnut cake and guava jelly

BEVERAGES

Freshly brewed or decaffeinated coffee, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate

Artificial sweetener is available


SNACKS

Help yourself from our wide range of snacks, available for you to enjoy during your flight


Afternoon tea

STARTER

Tropical fruit salad with kiwifruit, orange and mango

SANDWICHES

Assorted sandwich selection of:
Smoked ham and gruyere cheese
Tomato with egg mayonnaise
Shaved turkey and cranberry jelly
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill

SCONES

Freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream

BEVERAGES

Freshly brewed or decaffeinated coffee, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate

Artificial sweetener is available


NZ1ATL_205
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Old Mar 13, 06, 3:28 pm
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Pies Pies and more Pies.

Gotta stop travelling on NZ 193 every Friday night!
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Old Mar 13, 06, 6:59 pm
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NZ 101 - AKL-SYD, March 06

Breakfast

BEVERAGES

Start your day with and energising breakfast drink,
your choice of juice, freshly brewed or decaffeinated
coffee, tea, herbal tea or hot chocolate

Artificial sweetener is available


BAKERY SELECTION

Croissants, muffins, while and wholemeal toast
with fruit conserve


BREAKFAST OPTIONS

Continental selection with fruit,
assorted cereals and yoghurts

Basil omelette with gruyre, maple smoked bacon,
grilled Parkvale mushrooms and roasted tomato
relish

Veal escalope with mushroom ragot,
pork sausage and herbed potato rsti


C1BFAST_JUN05

(Didn't look at the available wines, sorry, 7AM flight)
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Old Mar 18, 06, 9:50 am
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Does anybody have a complete list of beverages on short- and longhaul flights in business class?
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Old Mar 18, 06, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by jpberendes
Does anybody have a complete list of beverages on short- and longhaul flights in business class?
Well, let me try... straight from the C menu on a trans-tasman:

Beverages

SPIRITS
Glenfiddich Malt Whisky
Chivas Regal Blended Whisky
Jack Daniel's Black Label
Gordons Gin
42 Below Vodka
Courvoisier VSOP
Captain Morgan Rum
Ron Bacardi Superior

PORT AND LIQUEURS
Portuguese Port
Grand Marnier
Baileys Irish Cream

BEER
A selection of beer featuring Steinlager,
Export Gold, Heineken and low alcohol lager

SOFT DRINKS
Mineral water, orange juice, apple juice,
tomato juice, cola, lemonade, tonic water,
ginger ale and a choice of diabetic drinks
are available


Wine

The award winning Air New Zealand wine cellar
includes celebrated New Zealand wines and a
selection of the finest wines from the boutique
wineries of New Zealand and Australia.

The cellar has been compiled by our wine panel
which includes renowned wine makers
John Belsham of Foxes Islands Wines, Marlborough
and John Buck of Te Mata Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay.

The fine wines served on this flight have been
chosen to complement today's menu style.
Your crew will be happy to discuss the selection
and help you choose wines to accompany your meal.



(I will post the wine list and tasting notes from another flight when I get the chance).
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Old Mar 18, 06, 3:45 pm
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Thank you very much. Is longhaul similar?
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Old Mar 18, 06, 9:18 pm
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Originally Posted by ajnz
CHEESE
A selection of fine New Zealand cheese
(Disappointing here - only two cheeses available)
You're lucky it was only 2. I do not like their cheese selections 90% of the time on the transpacific routes, and I like most types of cheese. I now have them skip the cheese since it means an extra 15 minutes of sleep in the nice new seats Of course I am now also packing my own comforter in my carryon since that doubles the seat comfort since they have yet to implement my suggestion of making the mattress pad thing thicker than a centimeter. Despite how weird this might sound, it makes it just about like sleeping at home.
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Old Mar 18, 06, 10:42 pm
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Originally Posted by jpberendes
Thank you very much. Is longhaul similar?
I would imagine so... FWIW, this was on a long-haul aircraft (777).
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