Watch: Air New Zealand’s Pete the Kiwi

A new mascot makes a big splash, Delta will unveil new amenity kits, and Qantas overhauls its business class seats.

Say Hello to Pete

Pete the Kiwi thought he was never going to fly. But it wasn’t long before he found a better way to explore the world—aboard Air New Zealand (ANZ) of course. In a series of videos released by the Auckland-based airline, the adorable new mascot makes hearts flutter as he takes viewers through the different sections of ANZ’s plane, showcases the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment system, and the various picturesque places that his stunning home country can offer visitors.

The new video comes at the heels of the airline’s Alice in Wonderland-inspired pre-departure video starring Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. Similar to the star-studded clip, the new series of videos are fun, engaging, and packed full of useful information for travelers.

Delta’s New Amenity Kits

On September 1, Delta Air Lines will introduce new TUMI amenity kits in its Delta One Cabin. The kits are stocked with hand cleansers, mouthwash sticks, TUMI eyeshades, striped socks, Kiehl’s lip balms, and dental kitseverything you will need to stay fresh while traveling.

These kits will be available on all Delta One flights, including those servicing the Los AngelesNew York, BostonSan Francisco and Washington D.C.-Los Angeles routes. They’ll be available in hard-sided and soft-sided versions with complimentary monogramming offered in any TUMI store.

On the other hand, passengers in the Delta Premium Select Cabin will receive soft TUMI blue pouches which will have Malin+Goetz vitamin B lotions and dental kits, among others.

Delta's brand new TUMI-made amenity kits

Delta’s brand new TUMI-made amenity kits. All photos courtesy of the airlines mentioned.

Qantas Gets a Facelift

In a bid to make long-haul flights a little less painful, Qantas is poised to give its Airbus A380s a major facelift. New business class seats will be introduced in its flagship routes to London and the United States, as well as a larger upper deck lounge for passengers. The first class seats in the lower deck will only be slightly altered with the inclusion of cushioned seats and higher resolution video screens.

The new business class seats will have a retractable divider in between to give passengers a bit more privacy.

Qantas will reorganize the A380s by adding six more business class seats and 25 premium economy seats. However, there will be 30 less economy seats in the new version. The airline plans to have the renovation completed by 2020.

New business premium seats aboard Qantas' 12 Airbus A380

New business premium seats aboard Qantas’ 12 Airbus A380.

 

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