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What a Crock of Sauerkraut Soup — Which I Ate. Air New Zealand Introduces Edible Coffee Cup.

Air New Zealand recently introduced an edible biscotti coffee cup — which purportedly stays crispy long after you have finished drinking your coffee — as part of an overall effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste which is generated each year.

“We’re always looking for ways to reduce waste on board, so we’re trialing an edible biscotti coffee cup from twiice”, according to…

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Earn Double Miles on Six Airlines With Hilton — and Up to Triple Miles in Select Regions

You can earn up to triple miles in your choice of the frequent flier loyalty programs of six airlines when you stay at participating hotel and resort properties of brands within the Hilton portfolio — but you must register for the promotion of your choice prior to checking out of your stay within the promotion period of each offer.

The six airlines and frequent flier loyalty programs are…

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The Best Airline Safety Video of All Time? Not By a Long Shot

Air New Zealand “had Hollywood actress Anna Faris, of Scary Movie fame, partner with New Zealand comic, Rhys Darby, to film their latest safety video. Take a look at their work below, and see if you agree with me that this may just be the best airline safety video ever!”

That was the opinion imparted by Eric in this article he wrote for Point Me To The Plane — and I must respectfully disagree.

I watched the safety video in question; and…

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World’s First Scheduled Boeing 787-9 Route Announced by Air New Zealand

If you are scheduled to fly as a passenger between Auckland and Perth aboard a flight operated by Air New Zealand, you may be in luck. The aircraft used for that flight may very well be a Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft; and starting on October 15, 2014, the Auckland-Perth route is expected to be the first-ever scheduled commercial route in the world for what is essentially a larger version of the original Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft. Additional destinations for the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft operated by Air New Zealand will include…

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Pilot Falls Asleep During Flight — More Than Once

A pilot for Air New Zealand reportedly fell asleep more than once while at the controls in the cockpit of a Boeing 777 aircraft during international long-haul flights. The unidentified pilot supposedly attributes one incident to…

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Airpoints Dollars Upgrades to be Replaced by OneUp™ Offer-Based Upgrade System

Effective on May 30, 2012, customers of Air New Zealand who are booked via a global distribution system, or GDS, for travel on flights which are equipped with premium cabins will be eligible to make bids for upgrades using the new OneUp programme, which will replace Airpoints stand-by and confirmed upgrades. According to Air New Zealand…

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Just Announced: New Zealand Star Alliance FlyerTalk Member Gathering

If the StarmegaDO 2010 (SMD2) Nov 1-6, 2010 Masterthread does not provide enough opportunity for bonding with your fellow FlyerTalk members, consider attending the *A / Air NZ Mega DO – 13 December 2010, where Star Alliance is holding its annual chief executive board meeting and its  alliance mangement board meeting in Queenstown, New Zealand. Currently, details are scarce but will be posted as they become definitive.

Is anyone willing to host some Star Alliance FlyerTalk events to fill in the gap between 6 November and 13 December?

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