Monday, 27 January 2020

Air New Zealand customers have a fondness for Ice cream

Air New Zealand data shows New Zealanders’ have a fondness for ice cream,  both on the ground and in the air. The airline’s customers have consumed more than 960,000 servings of ice cream on international flights departing New Zealand in the past year.

Total consumption of ice cream onboard has grown by more than 20 percent over the past decade. Air New Zealand customers were served more than 860 tonnes of ice cream on their journeys over that period - equivalent to the weight of five 777-300 aircraft.

Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave says this reflects the fact ice cream is a firm customer favourite all year round. “We’ve been serving ice cream on board continuously for more than two decades, and in that time we’ve offered more than 30 different flavours. Out of our largest port, Auckland, we currently serve more than 24,000 individual portions a week. It’s a treat that takes you back to childhood and makes you think of long summer evenings. It’s also a nice palette cleanser after a meal and satisfying to enjoy as you relax and watch a movie" 

Over the past decade, the airline has also served more than 4,000 tonnes of milk and 1,000 tonnes of yoghurt in flight, as well as 820 tonnes of cheese on board and in its lounges.

Travelling to New Zealand is now more expensive than ever, you'll need to get a visa before you travel, or a visa waiver if you come from one of the qualifying counties. These electronic NZeTA requests cost NZD $9 to apply for on the free app, or NZD $12 if completed online and must be obtained before you travel and can take up to 72 hours to process. On top of this, you'll also have to pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) for NZD $35. The standard sale tax for New Zealand is 15% and of course over NZD $30 of your flight ticket price will be New Zealand taxes and fees, more depending on where you are flying in and out of. 

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