Down Under Isn’t as Far as You Think

A common perception is that flying to Australia and New Zealand from the United States is just too far. After all, you’ll be going ‘down under’ and that sounds too far for comfort, doesn’t it? An article published recently on explains why you would be wrong to think so.

How long does it take to fly from the United States to Australia? According to Air New Zealand, not as long as most Americans think.

“If you’re on the west coast of the U.S., it’s actually an easier journey to get to Australia or New Zealand than to go east to New York,” Chris Myers, Air New Zealand’s regional general manager of the Americas and Europe, told Mashable.

Myers insisted the 12-hour journey is more pleasant for a few reasons, not the least of which is the better long-haul flight experience.

“Flights to New Zealand generally leave Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Because it’s long-haul, you get a good airline experience — it’s not a low-cost, no-frills, squeeze-everyone-in flight,” he said. “[It’s] bigger seats, a big cabin … you have a drink and a meal, you watch a movie, go to sleep and get six to eight hours of sleep, and you wake up and feel refreshed.”

I’ve flown to New Zealand many timeimages-1s from Los Angles  (often at the back of the plane) and I completely agree with Mr Myers. In fact, boarding a plane knowing that I have 12 hours of uninterrupted time to catch up on movies or binge on the latest TV series is a luxury that I embrace and enjoy.

There’s no getting away from the fact that New Zealand is a small dot at the bottom of most maps of the world but for travellers, that is a very good thing for 2 reasons.

1. New Zealand’s national airline has become very very good at long haul flights, think better cabins, better entertainment, better food and better at leaving you alone if you want to sleep.

2. You will always find a deserted beach to sit on or an empty road to drive because even if Air New Zealand is successful in persuading more people to fly ‘down under’, New Zealand is unlikely to ever be a package holiday destination.

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