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Headed to Auckland, New Zealand with American Airlines


PHOTO: Auckland, New Zealand courtesy of New Zealand Tourism Board

In a strange twist, this September, I will be headed to a region of the world I have never been before not just once but TWICE! Late in September, I will be joining one of my favorite hotel brands, the St. Regis, at their Bora Bora resort. And today I was asked to join American Airlines in their newest route from L.A. to Auckland, New Zealand. How fun! So it looks like it's Finland the first week of September, then a few days in Amsterdam, before I head back to D.C. to fly to L.A. so I can go to Auckland and enjoy the stunning visages (such as the one above).

CAN'T. HARDLY. WAIT.

In the meantime, here are some updates on American Airlines and their L.A. to N.Z. route:

Not only is American Airlines -- the world's largest airline with 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries -- celebrating its 90th anniversary, but they are really focused on expanding its culinary offerings. The first in a series of developments hit the skies this summer. New celebrity chef partners, revamped farm-to-flight in-flight meal service, and an expanded selection of wines and spirits such as the "Wines in the Sky" program.

For those American Airlines customers in First and Business Class, a selection of wines and Champagnes has been curated by expert wine consultant Ken Chase. Chase recently tasted his way through nearly 3,500 different varietals to develop the latest in-flight beverage program to please the palate of American’s discerning clientele.

For the LAX-AKL flight his choice includes a 2013 NZ Opawa Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region and the 2014 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc from North Cantebury.

Hand in hand with the significant investments in the culinary space, the airline is rolling out 300 new aircraft from 2014 to 2016 featuring more fully lie-flat seats; upgraded aircraft interiors; more international Wi-Fi; increased in-flight entertainment options, and charging power for customers in all cabins. This is in addition to an improved airport experience with faster, more reliable kiosks, a refreshed gate and ticketing areas as well as renovated Flagship Lounges across the nation.

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