Monday, 27 August 2012

I've Booked

my flights back to New Zealand.

I am scheduled to leave the International Terminal at Glasgow Airport at 2045 on Thursday 1 November.  I should arrive in Auckland at 1345 on Saturday 3 November and then fly on to Napier.

I am disappointed though.  Not, of course, at going back to my second home but because I will not be travelling with what has become my favourite airline: Air New Zealand.  Why?  Money.  A lot of money.  I had also hoped to go via Hong Kong and stay there for a few days both to break my journey and re-visit that wonderful, vibrant and exciting city again.

Unfortunately Air New zealand wanted almost twice the price of Emirates to get me from Glasgow to Auckland.  That stretched my loyalty a bit too much and I booked with Emirates.

The downside is that I'll be travelling in an Airbus A380 800 which is something I had hoped never to do.  C'est la vie.  The upside is that I don't have to travel through London's Heathrow which saves a  great deal of time.


  1. Almost twice the price really is a bit steep! I wonder how they justify such a huge difference.

  2. Gracious, it hardly seems a minute since you were coming back. I am slightly alarmed at how fast the summer has gone, if you can call it a summer. I'm sorry you won't get the chance to stop off at HK. I hope you will be able to do it on the return trip.

  3. So, how is an airbus different from the usual jet? I travel little by air, as you can guess. I fell much better now (aren't you glad that I FEEL better? ha, ha) that you have made your travel plans.

  4. WOW!! That's a huge difference in price. Missing Heathrow is a good thing, as you say. I remember the enormous queues at Heathrow on my journey home back in October 2010 and having to be rushed through, after standing in line for over 2 hours, so we didn't miss the flight home!!