New Zealand wine company, Invivo has launched the “world’s first winery airline.”
This development has come despite the heated debate about alcohol, and flying in the past few years, with some airlines banning booze onboard flights.
With its debut flight taking off within the next few months, Invivo will begin operating a route from the North Island of Auckland to Queenstown, in the South Island later this year.
For the maiden journey of Invivo Air, Co-founders Tim Lightbourne and Robin Cameron have chartered a 34-seater Swedish-built Saab plane. With idea, there will definitely be a prove of “business class in every glass.”
While the duration of the flight is around two hours, the entire experience will last 24-hours, with a visit to Invivo’s Central Otago growers and a stay at The Hilton Queenstown included.
According to Lightbourne, complimentary wines will be served onboard. In his words, “Obviously, there will be some complimentary wines served on board, as well as some non-alcoholic drinks,”
“There’ll be a range of Invivo wines available and maybe Robin and I will be serving it to the guests on the flight. It should be a lot of fun.”
In a bid to celebrate the reopening of Auckland’s borders in December as well as promote domestic tourism in New Zealand Lightbourne and Cameron decided to launch Invivo Air.
Another aspect to the reason Invivo came into existence is that the pair also want to support those working in Auckland’s hospitality sector; considering the fact that the sector has been hit badly during the 119-day lockdown put in place after a Covid-19 outbreak in the city.
The issue of border restriction and closure due to lockdown, is another reason why Invivo has come to stay, because affected residents who’ve been unable to visit loved ones located in New Zealand’s South Island will be considered.
Priority will also be given to those hospitality and tourism staff in Auckland who’ve been impacted by the lockdown, while all of the seats on the maiden flight will be complimentary.
Lightbourne, speaking further on the situation said, “A lot of the restaurants have been shut in Auckland for all that time,”
“So it’s been pretty hard. We’d like to reward some of those hospitality staff with a flight down to Queenstown, which is one of our major tourism destinations.”