Review of Air New Zealand flight Wellington New Plymouth in Economy

Airline Air New Zealand
Flight NZ8850
Class Economy
Seat 7A
Flight time 00:55
Take-off 24 Mar 14, 19:05
Arrival at 24 Mar 14, 20:00
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By SILVER 433
Published on 29th November 2019

INTRODUCTION


This flight report covers Air New Zealand Link's regional hop from the New Zealand capital to my (former) home city of New Plymouth. Air NZ flies multiple flights daily between WEL and NPL, and for this report I will be taking the last flight of the day. 



WELLINGTON AIRPORT


Wellington may be the capital of New Zealand, but the airport doesn't get as much flights as Auckland. Most of the international flights from here go across the Tasman Sea to Australia or to the Pacific Islands north of NZ. Since I arrived early for my flight, I decided to plane spot for a bit. 


Jetstar A320-200


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Followed by sister aircraft one hour later


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Air New Zealand A320 headed to AKL


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A sister A320 taxiing out


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The apron of the domestic wing of WLG


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This B1900D was another aircraft used for NZ domestic flights, but is no longer in service with Air New Zealand (operated by Eagle Airways) today.


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THE FLIGHT: NZ8850


I did not get much shots of the cabin or aircraft itself as I was tired from spending the entire day exploring Wellington. One thing to note about domestic flights in New Zealand is that there are zero security checks for all turboprop flights. Jet flights, however, go through security inspection as you would for a domestic flight here in Canada or the US. 


The plane used was a Q300, which was serviced by only one flight attendant. Since the flight time was only estimated to be about 35 minutes, only a water service was conducted. 


A shot inflight, with Mt Taranaki in the background.


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No entertainment was provided on the flight, as expected on turboprop flights. There was a Kia Ora magazine in the seat pocket which I just skimmed through to pass the time. 


Arrived in New Plymouth about 7:55PM, which was 5 minutes before scheduled arrival time. 


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Verdict

Air New Zealand

7.1/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi5.5
Meal/catering6.5

Wellington - WLG

8.1/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

New Plymouth - NPL

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Overall, a nice domestic hop on Air New Zealand. The lack of security pre-boarding takes out a lot of stress as you might normally get on taking domestic flights in North America.
Will hopefully return to visit NZ and fly Air New Zealand in the near future.

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