Stepping off a aircraft in the midst of a vineyard might really feel like one thing the ultra-luxury world portrayed within the HBO present “Succession,” however it should quickly develop into business actuality as new airways search to carve out completely different niches within the luxurious journey market.
In January 2023, a brand new airline named Invivo Air is about to launch its first ‘wine flight’ — a two-hour journey between New Zealand’s Auckland and Queenstown with an eight-step wine tasting at 18,000 ft, aerial views of the nation’s wine fields, and a 24-hour tour of native wineries earlier than getting flown again to the nation’s most populous metropolis.
Vacationers will keep on the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa and likewise dine at native eating places identified particularly for his or her meals and wine pairings.
The World’s First Vineyard Airline
Formally launched in March 2022, Invivo Air is a brand new offshoot of Invivo Wines. The New Zealand wine firm shortly raised $2 million NZD (roughly $1.27 USD and the utmost allowed within the nation for fairness crowdfunding) in 2015. It expanded shortly and now has quite a few wineries within the south of the nation.
Co-founders Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne had the concept for the primary “vineyard airline” to unite each wine and journey lovers and provide a luxurious expertise at a value that folks can afford.
“We’re thrilled to open Invivo Air to the general public and ship a very distinctive expertise for people who come on board,” Cameron advised information shops of the flight. “We’ll be tasting some beautiful drops in some actually epic areas.”
The thought clearly has legs as tickets going for round $730 USD per particular person offered out just some hours after the inaugural flight was introduced to the general public. Extra flights alongside the identical route are set to be introduced quickly.
So How A lot is That Ticket to New Zealand?
New Zealand has additionally had one of many world’s strictest pandemic responses — the nation solely reopened its borders to non-residents in the summertime of 2022 — and is simply now beginning to revive the tourism business that makes up a good portion of its economic system.
The wine flight, Invivo founders stated, is supposed to stimulate each native tourism and appeal to foreigners — doing one thing remotely comparable in the US would require going personal on the comparable value.
“It has been a tricky time frame, notably for our bars and restaurant prospects in each the North and South Island closely reliant on native tourism,” Lightbourne stated. “Working a flight to the South Island is a means that we are able to present the general public the nation is open once more for home tourism, and on the similar time help a few of those that have had a very powerful time of it.”
Regardless of comparable flights not being accessible within the U.S., getting oneself to New Zealand will not be going to be low cost within the coming yr. A latest estimate by American Specific World Enterprise Journey predicts that economy-class flights to Australia and New Zealand will rise by 4.7% between 2022 and 2023.
Having a sleeper seat on a fourteen+ hour flight might be much more of a privilege within the close to future, as enterprise flights to the continent are anticipated to see an particularly steep hike of 19.4% in 2023.
Demand for world journey, nonetheless, is on the rise regardless of lower than optimistic financial circumstances as many hope to take long-awaited journeys postpone for years by the pandemic.
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