Review of Air New Zealand flight Queenstown Christchurch in Economy

Airline Air New Zealand
Flight NZ 5652
Class Economy
Seat 12A
Aircraft ATR 72-600
Flight time 00:50
Take-off 24 Aug 18, 15:58
Arrival at 24 Aug 18, 16:48
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TerryYong
By GOLD 610
Published on 19th September 2018
After walking back to the hotel to pick up our luggages, we again took the public bus from the bus stop outside our hotel back to Queenstown airport. It was only a 15min bus ride at a very affordable NZ$2 per pax.

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The pretty small Queenstown Airport terminal building.

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Traditional manual check-in counters for JetStar, Qantas and Virgin.

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While NZ uses mainly self-check-in kiosks.

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Boarding pass printed.

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Queenstown is proud to hold the annual Winter Pride.

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FIDS and waiting hall.

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Queenstown Airport is certainly one of the most scenic airport in the world!

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Virgin arriving from Australia.

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JetStar arrived from AKL and Star-liveried NZ A320 pushed back.

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Fun fact: JQ uses Australia-registered aircraft on domestic NZ flights due to open-skies agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

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Our ATR72 arrived from Christchurch. This afternoon flight was originally scheduled on an A320, but was changed to the ATR72 instead subsequently.

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24 August 2018
Air New Zealand
NZ 5652
Queenstown (ZQN) - Christchurch (CHC)
ATR72-600
ZK-MVH
Economy Class
Flight Time: 0H51M



Boarding gate for the prop flight is via Gate 1. Interestingly, there were no security checks prior to boarding the flight. We were scanned through and allowed onto the tarmac to board.

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Beautiful tarmac view! The red-roo was also at ZQN.

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Legroom on this ATR was good, helped by the slimline seats fitted.

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Safety card

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View out the window.

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Boarding completed. The flight was totally full. With no IFE system on this prop, safety demo was done manually.

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Started the short taxi to the runway.

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Holding short for Virgin to depart.

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Taxiing down the runway and making a U-turn to depart from heading Rwy23.

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Very scenic departure from the beautiful Queenstown!

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Video of the taxi and beautiful departure.




Flying on the ATR72, we were treated to gorgeous mountain views due to the lower flying altitude of only 17,000ft and slower airspeed.

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The 2 cabin crew on the flight first came around offering water.

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More gorgeous views enroute.

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The crew then pass through again, offering cookies and coffee/tea. They were kind enough to give me 2 cookies, washed down with a cup of tea.

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View of the cabin.

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The ATR lavatory, which was clean but tiny.

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After cabin service, the senior crew, knowing that we were visiting New Zealand for a holiday, dropped by our seats and passed us a coffee cup, filled with fudge! 'A small treat', she said. What an angel!!

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We were soon descending into the Canterbury plains.

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Approach and landing into Christchurch Rwy20.

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Video of landing.




Taxi to props parking stand.

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Disembarking.

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Spotted an All-Black with white nose ATR72.

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Waiting for luggage to be delivered.

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From Christchurch, we took the public bus to the city center. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Christchurch, which is a rather new hotel built over a previously office building damaged during the devastating quake. I believe the hotel is also one of the tallest, if not the tallest, building in Christchurch currently. The room is very modern, clean and comfortable.

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Verdict

Air New Zealand

8.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.0

Queenstown - ZQN

8.1/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.5

Christchurch - CHC

7.9/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

It was a very pleasant flight on the Air NZ ATR72 flying from Queenstown to Christchurch. Cabin was comfortable, crew were excellent, and the view enroute was marvellous!

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