Pride of the Pacific – No Way
Thought for the day….”If you wish to reach the highest, begin with the lowest”
“If you want something that you have never had, then you have got to do something that you have never done”.
Air New Zealand used to have a slogan “Pride of the Pacific’, and at one time, were a very good airline to fly with. I had many happy flights on the stopping service from New Zealand via the Pacific Islands to/from the USA on NZ 47 and NZ 48, a service which followed the route of the early flying boats. Great for island hopping, as the aircraft stopped so many times at places like Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii. And it connected nicely with NZ 1 to London as well. Service was good onboard, it was comfortable and also good value. Fast forward to the Air New Zealand of today, who are still trying to pretend that they are a quality airline. Now you find that you must pay for almost everything onboard…the basic fare gives you a seat only to which you must pay extra for checking in a bag, having a ‘meal’ onboard, choosing a seat (NZ10) and even watching a movie (another NZ10 extra). So the cash registers are ringing all the time…..basic plus $$ plus $$$ plus even more $$$. And if that was not bad enough, Air New Zealand have also gone for the high density 10 across seating in their 777s. So not only are you restricted for legroom, but now you are also finding less shoulder room. So what was once a quality airline has now turned into a budget airline. The last flight that I had on AirNZ, it took the staff OVER 1 hour 20 minutes to get me a cup of coffee, and then after that I had to ask for a refill as no refill of the small cup was offered. Pride of the Pacific it might have been, but Pride of the Pacific it is certainly not now. If AirNZ think that I am going to pay $10 extra to choose my seat and then another $10 to watch a movie on a small screen then they are very mistaken. Neither do I wish to sit in a 10 abreast seat configuration where I am pushed up against the shoulders of fellow passengers on both sides, especially on an international flight of many hours. The bottom line is that AirNZ have become a budget airline, with all the negatives that a budget airline comes with. I hope that next time that they run into financial difficulties, that the New Zealand government does not bail them out as it usually does. The quality has gone.
Two more photos from the Fuji X-E1 camera…….showing just how good the Fuji glass is….
and another photo from the archives…city centre in Ascuncion, Paraguay…
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