Monday, September 19, 2011

Europe Trip 2011 #15: Leaving Heathrow on Air NZ

After a little over 3 weeks, I'm back in New Zealand. I arrived back earlier today, with very little sleep and suffering for it, although I am trying to stay up for another hour or so before hitting the sack to minimise the effects of jetlag.

Anyway, the trip back. The flight was NZ38 on Air New Zealand, Heathrow [EGLL], Hong Kong [VHHH] (for a brief stop) then on to Auckland [NZAA]. I then caught a domestic AirNZ flight from Auckland to Wellington [NZWN]. The international portion was on a Boeing 777-219ER, ZK-OKA, as per the first photo from Heathrow.

Unlike the trip over, standby upgrades were not available, although this was no problem as I had one of the best economy class seats on the aircraft, with no seat directly in front of me. Perhaps some of the exit row seats were marginally better, but I'm very happy with what I had. As usual, the food was good, the flight attendants very good, and apart form the lack of sleep [I never seem to sleep well on aircraft], a good way to get from A to B.

There are just 2 photos from Heathrow - the Air NZ aircraft and a South African Airways aircraft - I think that this is an Airbus A330-243, ZS-SXY, but I can't be sure [and very happy to be corrected].

My next post will contain the photos from Hong Kong, and that'll be it for the trip. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Allister said...

I believe you are correct about the SAA aircraft being an Airbus. Firstly, the shape of the forward fuselage is different (compare with 777 above) and secondly, SAA have never operated 777s as far as my research tells me.