Good evening from Los Angeles, fresh of my first flight on Air New Zealand’s new 777-300ER aircraft.
I’ll save all the details for the trip report, though will point out two noteworthy things.
First, if you haven’t seen Air New Zealand’s safety video, check it out:
It’s painful enough to watch alone at your computer, but it was even worse on an airplane. There was a five year old boy flying with his mom in business class that yelled out “that was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen” after the safety video. Yeah, that sounds about right.
The other noteworthy thing is that I experienced my first lightning strike in an airplane. The weather in London was awful, so it was a very bumpy ride out. About five minutes after takeoff we got struck by lightning, consisting of a loud noise and an incredible light filling the cabin. The first officer walked towards the back of the cabin to have a peak at the wings, and moments later the captain made an announcement saying we had been struck by lightning and that they were in touch with the company to see whether they needed to divert. We didn’t need to divert in the end as everything was fine, though it was an adventure nonetheless.