Air New Zealand’s business class called Business Premier on the Boeing 787 is a decent premium experience. And with terrific lounges like the flagship one in Auckland and the newer lounge at Melbourne Airport (opened in 2017), it’s safe to assume that you won’t be disappointed taking a trip to New Zealand from the US aboard Air New Zealand in Business Premier.
Each seat is designed from soft, comfortable white leather with ridges for a luxurious touch mixed with grey leather on the armrest, ottoman and other parts of the seat. With a total of 18 seats at the front of the aircraft, each one measures 22 inches of width (a few inches short of some of the other business class seat like those found on EVA Air or LATAM) and 79-80 inches of pitch. The airline does offer one of the longest seat pitches in the industry.
Each Air New Zealand Premier seat is equipped with small storage space for your smartphone, passport, wallet and/or keys, side magazine holder that can fit your tablet, remote to control the television, light and seat position, AC socket, 12.1-inch entertainment touch screen that pulls out from the side and fixed ottoman (seatbelt included). Many other airlines offer a much larger entertainment screen, so the mere 12-inches is a bit disappointing. Other features include a memory foam mattress, soft duvet with a large pillow, and an amenity kit with Ashley&Co products such as a hand cream and lip balm, as well as other staples including a toothbrush, toothpaste, mint, pen, mouthwash, earplugs, eye mask and socks.
The buttons to maneuver the seat are located on the side of the armrest. One downside to the seat position is that you don’t get much of a recline, and once you position the seat into a fully-flat bed, there are no other in-between adjustments to suit your comfort level.
If you’re a solo traveler, you’re in luck—there are no additional dividers for you to adjust in between seats, so you don’t have to worry about your neighbor. Nonetheless, the way the seat is angled, it may make the overall area feel a little confined, and you do end up seeing other traveler’s feet. Flying with a plus one or more? The seat isn’t the most-family friendly because of the design—there’s no way to lower the wall to feel closer to your travel partner.
Overall, the comfort and service are on par of what you should expect in business class, but there are some adjustments that could improve the overall experience even more. Nonetheless, it’s still a good option!
Aside from the Dreamliner, Air New Zealand Premier Seat is also available on the Boeing 777. To get a taste of the Air New Zealand Premier Seat, check out the video below, courtesy of Air New Zealand.