Air New Zealand completed its highly anticipated inaugural flight from Auckland, New Zealand to New York's JFK Airport yesterday.
The 17 and a half hour flight of ANZ's popular 787 Dreamliner touched down on Saturday with Minister of Tourism for New Zealand Hon Stuart Nash, Chair Dame Therese Walsh and Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran on board.
"As one of the world's greatest cities, Air New Zealand is proud to add the Big Apple to its list of 29 international destinations. By adding greater access to the East Coast of the US, we're connecting our North American customers to the possibilities of 20 destinations within New Zealand as well as the Pacific and Australia, all within easy reach. This is terrific for our customers."
Air New Zealand debuted a new international menu, showcasing the best of New Zealand produce to the world. This menu offers more choice in the air, so that Premium customers can add dishes like seared salmon from Marlborough, free-range chicken from Waikato, or bacon.
The menu also includes streamed green vegetables or fresh, crisp salads picked straight from orchards and fields in Gisborne, Waikato, and the Manawatū.
As part of the new menu, Business Premier customers were welcomed to their dining experience with an amuse-bouche of New Zealand paua saucisson (abalone sausage) with herb cream and tomato. The saucisson is a type of dry sausage made with ground meat, fat, and spices. It is often made from pork, beef, or veal, but can also be made from game meats such as venison or rabbit. The sausage is then dried and typically smoked or air-dried.
Air New Zealand now serves seven destinations in North America – Chicago (starting October 31st), Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and New York City.
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