What are the details?
There are some additional increase frequencies over the summer (winter in the case of New Zealand) period.
11APR20 – 30MAY20 – Twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday
01JUN20 – 17JUN20 – Three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
19JUN20 – 29JUN20 – Four times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
30JUN20 – 01AUG20 – Every day but Thursday
03AUG20 – 16SEP20 – Four times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Thus the actual flight schedule is as follows:
Outbound flight number: NZ065
Departing Auckland 1100 AM
Arriving Denpasar 1620 PM
Inbound flight number: NZ064
Departing Denpasar 1750 PM
Arriving Auckland 0530 AM the following day
The service is operated by an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9, at peak season six days a week apart from Thursdays. This is one more day than the 2019 summer season.
What is the service like onboard?
This route is operated by an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9.
There are three distinct classed onboard, Business Premier, Premium Economy, and Economy.
Business Premier cabin onboard features 18 lie-flat seats in a 1-1-1 configuration, allowing maximum privacy but lacks any couple seating. Each seat has an 11-inch touch screen for entertainment, in-seat power (both outlet and USB), and noise-canceling headphones. Business passengers can also order food through their entertainment screen outside of mealtimes.
Premium Economy cabin has three rows of seats with 41 inches (104cm) of pitch. They are laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. Premium economy actually has the same sized screen as Business Premier and in-seat power.
Economy is in the standard 3-3-3 layout with 31 inches of pitch. There are 263 seats in the economy cabin and it is rather unremarkable. The entertainment screen is only 9-inches wide and each seat has in-seat power.
There is also a fourth very unique seating option onboard the Boeing 787-9, the Economy Skycouch. Essentially if a passenger (say a family group) purchases three economy seats on a row on the window side, they can actually convert their entire seat selection into a couch. The sky couch seats have an additional long footrest that extends flat, filling the footwell of the seat.
This feature has been proven to be very popular for couples, families and those who just want plenty of extra space. Whilst it is technically a lie-flat seat, it is unclear if its cheaper for one passenger to buy three economy seats with sky couch or to simply upgrade to business class.
Air New Zealand operates 13 Boeing 787-9s and has a single aircraft yet to be delivered by Boeing. They also have a new fleet of Boeing 787-10s on order.
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