For my summer break I decided to visit family in Hong Kong. I had not been for a while and actually have not been when I have had enough money to actually have a bit of fun and adventure and enjoy the delights of Hong Kong. As always I decided to book my flight with Air New Zealand, as I have accumulated quite a few Airpoints dollars due to traveling twice to the East Coast of the USA in a year. Also I had managed to get up to Silver Status and had a free upgrade to use.
I decided to go into the Koru Lougne in Auckland International, as I had a free lounge pass. It is a brand new Lougne and it looks pretty impressive with a big TV room, outside courtyard, sleeper seats, bar, espresso machine and many other different areas where you can spread out. Also there are a lot of electrical outlets with USB ports. Food was surprisingly average. The made-to-order food was closed for the night so you had to have the buffet food. I tried the kung pow chicken with Hokies noodles and that was really average and also had a few club sandwiches which were also a bit average. I also tried the chocolate loaf and the chocolate ganache and as they were stored in a cold bench they were hard and actually a bit dry. The boysenberry cheesecake however, was nice, but what I really liked was their selection of cheese, which was a Camembert and a blue cheese with some really nice crisp dense crackers.
On the board one of the flight attendance that was going to be serve us introduce herself to us, which was really nice. Just after take off we got a hot hand towel and then it was time for supper. We got some warm selection of bread with olive oil and for the starter we had BBQ pork with hoisin sauce, lotus root and cashew nuts. This was very nice. For my main I had the Hapuka and scallops in abalone sauce, stir fried vegetables and rice. Was not bad of a meal. The scallops were nice and not over cooked, the fish was nice but I am not a fan of fleshy fish. For dessert there was a coconut lemon tart, which was very nice and a nice ending.
The new Premium Economy seat on the 777-200er is not a bad seat. It has a good width and a lot of room to spread out. However, I prefer the Premium Economy seat aka the Space seat on their 777-300er jet plane. It is just easier to fall a sleep on and the person in front of you does not interfere into your space.
For our second meal; breakfast, we were given some fruit, yogurt and hot croissants with a selection of cereal, which I did not have. Then for our hot open I decided to go for the Shanghai noodles with tiger prawns, Chinese vegetables and some egg pancake. Overall not bad the prawns of course were the highlight and surprisingly not over cooked.
The entertainment system on the 777-200er is very extensive with Air Nz having some recent movie releases. I tried to watch Macbeth with Michael Fassbender playing Macbeth. However, I did not have the concentration span or the energy to watch it and gave up after 20minutes even though I really wanted to watch it. I did however, manage to watch Trainwreck, which was actually quite funny and watched The Martian for the second time.
During the decent process. The other flight attendant that was serving the cabin farewelled us individually which was very nice and made you feel specially. I suppose you are, when you pay for Preimum Economy, but I was lucky that I manage to get a free upgrade. Overall a very nice flight and it did not feel long with good service.