One of the benefits of booking business travel through a bespoke agency is that you get the whole experience tailor-made to your specifications, and at prices you'd trouble to replicate by doing it yourself. At Essential Travel, we're constantly on the look out for ways to be more flexible on price and exclusive benefits, so – following on from last week's blog post about business class flights to New York at economy prices – we're excited to be able to tell you about a partnership that we've been strengthening that will be of special interest to companies and clients that regularly do the long-haul stretch between London and Los Angeles.
Through our ongoing work with Air New Zealand, we now have access to even more exclusive benefits when travelling with this world-class airline. These new benefits include privately-negotiated airfares that cannot be found anywhere else, providing exceptional value across all booking classes, especially on Business and Premium Economy seats, lounge access to clients flying Premium Economy or above, and cost-effective car transfers between the airport and your accommodation. Read on for more info, and be sure to get in touch if you want to know more.
Premium Economy has fast emerged as the most cost-effective way to travel in comfort and style in the air, getting you to your destination rested and refreshed. Air New Zealand currently hold World Airlines Awards awards for ‘World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline’ and the ‘Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seats’. When it comes to inovations in air travel, they're at the cutting edge.
At the heart of these accolades is the revolutionary Premium Economy ‘Spaceseat’, a snug hub of comfort that lives up to its name in more ways than one. With more room than a lunar landing pod, there's a futuristic oppulance here that wouldn't look out of place at a NASA photo shoot.
With a unique take on space and privacy that ensures the person in front cannot recline into your lap, the seats on the outer space of the cabin cater specifically to passengers who value solitude or require uninterrupted work-time during the flight. For those who like to know their spec inside-out, we're talking about in-seat power, up to 42” seat pitch with 50% more recline than economy, and a really spacious 2-2-2 configuration.
On top of that, Premium Economy travellers get premium check-in, priority boarding, extra luggage allowance, on-demand entertainment and a premium menu served with New Zealand wines. It's a long flight, so you might as well get the most out of it.
Take another step forward and you're into fully horizontal sleeping territory. And what a territory it is, too! Air New Zealand’s Business Premier class brings you the benefits of flying Premium – increased baggage allowance, 22-inch-wide leather armchairs that convert into a 6 foot 7.5 inch bed, an ottoman footrest that doubles as a seat for any mid-flight visitors you might be entertaining, and direct aisle access for all passengers.
Now, we don't like to boast too much, but the fares that Essential Travel can secure for premium and business seats are significantly cheaper than those you'll find through online bookings, very simply because we've developed a strong relationship with the airline iteself. And since we know how important optimum comfort and ease is to most business travellers, we've arranged for exclusive lounge access at Heathrow Airport for our clients flying with Air New Zealand to be added on top, whether you've booked into Premium Business or Premium Economy.
Not enough? Well, we've also worked with the airline to offer a greater amount of flexibility, in order to accommodate last minute bookings and changes (we understand how unpredictable timeframes in the media and creative industries can be), and we can assist you with card-matching, so that it's possible to acrue Virgin points when flying with Air New Zealand.
If there are a number of you flying, then not to worry – we can take care of that, too. In fact, flying whole companies around the world (while cutting their carbon footprint at the same time – remind us to tell you, sometime, how we cut M&C Saatchi's by 40%) is a large part of what we do. We have worked closely with Air New Zealand in the past to cater for large scale media events, big shoots and major conferences, with exclusive deals at some of our favourite Santa Monica hotels (ask us about Shutters on the Beach) as part of the service. Not only can we secure exclusive airfares and exceptional in-flight services, we can also arrange door-to-door limo transfers and upgrades at the hotel.
Thanks to our close relationship with these hotels, and with Air New Zealand, we're able to tweak and improve upon what is already the best standard of business travel available.
Air New Zealand operate two services a day between London and Los Angeles. You can find more information about the airline on their website here: www.airnewzealand.co.uk. Give us a call today on +44 203 212 1040, or drop us a line using our contact form, to discuss your travel needs!