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Air New Zealand pledging to serve up better food in the regional lounges

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If you’ve ever felt that the food offerings in Air New Zealand’s regional lounges have been a bit lacking, well there is some good news.

The national carrier is pledging to bring gourmet to the regions.

An issue in the past has been the lack of kitchen facilities in many of the smaller lounges, but the airline says it has been working with its chefs in Wellington and its cargo network “to get the kai into the regional lounges just in time for the first flights out.”

”One of our most common pieces of regional lounge feedback is that our food offering isn’t the same as what’s enjoyed in our larger ports. That’s all about to change as we continue to look at how we can improve the Air New Zealand experience, “said Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty.

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Dunedin was the first to get the new choices, with Geraghty saying they received “overwhelming positive” feedback.

Air New Zealand pledging to bring better food to regional lounges

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Air New Zealand pledging to bring better food to regional lounges

Nelson will be next later this week followed by Napier. The remaining five regional lounges will get the new menu in the New Year.

So what can visitors to the lounges expect?

The menu will feature a choice of two hot dishes – one of which will always be vegan, and both will be gluten-free. For example, Dunedin recently had ginger soy chicken with capsicum and spring onion, and a vegan option of sweet and sour tofu with edamame and sesame.

The airline says it has spent $150 million upgrading its lounge programme, including renaming them as “Air New Zealand Lounges”, and not the Koru Club as it has been known for many years.

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