Checked in at 8am for NZ135 to Brisbane @ 9’35am departure, used Air NZ Premium Check-in area, then used self service terminal and dropped bags off, all done in 5min. Used the private lift to Customs and security area (this is for premium passengers only) through very quickly no waiting all done in around in 10 minutes!
Entered a very busy Air NZ Lounge for B/fast and coffee. Standard cold breakfast items but disappointed in hot food items, only 2 hot items one being Spicy Beans!? (I don’t think spicy beans is good in the morning before long flights!) the other was a quiche not “standard B/fast fare.” Enjoyed a great flat white coffee from the dedicated coffee barista.
Wandered down to gate early but all flights are called in lounge, as we entered the gate area the flight had started to board, only 1 other going through priority boarding so very quick to board. Shown to our seat, jackets taken, newspapers offered also Champagne, fresh orange juice and water, Flight departed on time. Flight supervisor went to every passenger introduced himself welcomed us on board etc, a nice touch!
Menu’s handed out: To start, Fruit Smoothie or Fresh Juice, A selection of cereals, Fresh Fruit & yoghurts, we were then offered from the basket Warm Croissants, Danish selection, fruit and Vogel’s Toast with fruit Conserve. Next we had our hot choices, Chive and Cheddar Scrambled eggs with grilled chicken sausage, mushroom ragout and roasted cherry tomatoes OR Corned beef and root vegetable cakes with grilled field mushrooms, creamed leaf spinach, slow roasted tomato and tarragon mustard mayonnaise.
I had the scrambled eggs and they were excellent I especially loved the mushroom ragout! To finish Coffee/Tea selection and hot chocolate.
Leather seat is very comfortable and although for a short 3hr flight I didn’t use the bed with a push of a button it goes to a 6ft 6″ Flat bed and is 22″ wide! 10.4″ personal screen with everything you would need!
We landed on time, crew were very friendly and efficient Mark and the team looked after us very well. All other passengers were held back until Business class had all left, Brisbane customs not busy at all and went through very quickly, waited only a couple on minutes for our luggage and through customs and leaving airport all in around 25 minutes! All in all a great flight with very good friendly crew and all areas very efficient from Auckland Airport to Brisbane Airport.