Seatplan rating 9.1
- Boarding 9.6
- Seat for sitting 8.8
- Seat for sleeping 6.2
- Service 9.8
- Entertainment 9.2
- Food & drink 10.0
- Punctuality 9.4
- Baggage 10.0
Air New Zealand is phasing out the Boeing 747-400 in favour of twin jets.
The few that are left are configured in three classes: economy, premium economy and business (Business Premier). It is used on major trunk routes.
Rows 1 to 20 (46 seats) are Business Premier with a fully lie-flat bed.
Rows 22 to 30 (39 seats) are Pacific Premium Economy with a seat pitch of 38-40" (96/101cm), while rows 35 to 68 (294 seats) are economy with a seat pitch of 32-34" (81-86 cm).
"In Business Premier, I would not go for a seat in either the first row (ten) or the last (15). Row ten is probably less desirable being right next to the toilets and a curtain. The seats on the other aisle to mine seemed to be served first too, so you’re prone to food envy go for F or K in whichever row. If you want an air of exclusivity, and have enough frequent flyer privileges, go for a seat in the nose cabin (rows one to seven). I’m told the cabin on the upper deck is much quieter, which is something to consider."
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"Rows 1-7 are reserved for Air NZ Gold Elite, Gold and Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers, and Air NZ Koru Club members."