Air New Zealand announces new domestic inflight food options

Air New Zealand has announced the new snacks that'll be on offer on domestic flights: popcorn, crisps, muesli bars and chocolate, rotating on a monthly basis.

A range of options had been served as part of customer taste tests and surveying on Air NZ's special Koru Hour flights. 

Over a six-week trial, tests were run across 100 flights involving more than 7000 customers.

The inflight cookie and 'landing lolly' will remain, but that's not the case for tea and coffee lovers on shorter flights. The airline says it will be removing tea and coffee on Koru Hour flights under 50 minutes, but the usual cold drinks will remain on offer.

When asked about the messy nature of popcorn, Air NZ said their cleaners had been involved in the trials too.

"We actually found that because the popcorn is so tasty, more ends up in our customers’ mouths than on the floor!" A spokesperson said. 

Air NZ General Manager Customer Leeanne Langridge says the new offerings give customers a bit of variety. 

"It was fantastic to see Aotearoa get behind the food trials and eagerly debate what they'd like to see onboard. We heard from passionate cookie and corn chip enthusiasts, along with others who believe variety is the spice of life," she said.

"What we learnt throughout the trials was that our customers value variety and change throughout the day. Going forward, we're going to be more time specific with what's on offer - from danishes in the morning to antipasto in the evening - because we know a cookie at 6am isn't for everyone.

"Having options for different dietary requirements is also a big trend so we've added more gluten free options."

Suggestions made to Air NZ included ice cream, champagne and croissants. While these items weren't selected, customers have been told to look out for frequent "surprise and delight flights" which will take place when the airline partners with companies to showcase new products.