Air New Zealand Dreamliner in flight. (Photo via Air New Zealand)
Air New Zealand celebrated its new route from Auckland to New York City with a showcase event in Manhattan over the weekend, ahead of the inaugural route.
The first flight took off on Saturday, September 17, from Auckland to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The day before, the airline invited New Yorkers to ‘Visit Tomorrow’ via an immersive experience designed to transport visitors to the beauty of New Zealand. The event was held at the city’s newest tourist attraction at Hudson Yards.
“Visitors will be immersed in the sights, sounds and scents of New Zealand. They’ll tour New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery through a 14-foot LED screen—it’s about as close to New Zealand as you can get without leaving New York City,” Ben Evers-Swindell, Air New Zealand’s General Manager of Sales, America, said in a statement.
‘Visit Tomorrow’ is certainly well-placed as the Hudson Yards area draws thousands of tourists and foot traffic, particularly with its unique showpiece – a 2,500-step spiral staircase features 80 landings to take a break and take in views of Manhattan.
The limited-time experience will also offer locals a taste of Kiwi culture, New Zealand’s famous hospitality, and will introduce them to Air New Zealand’s award-winning inflight experience.