New Zealand-based winery Invivo is launching the world’s first ‘winery airline,’ according to Travel Awaits. During a time when some airlines are just bringing back in-flight alcoholic beverages and others are continuing to ban it altogether, Invivo Air is offering “business class in every glass.” It claims to be “Like other airlines, only with better wine.”
The initial flight will take place in early 2022 aboard a 34-seat Saab plane traveling on a two-hour journey about 620 miles from Auckland to Queenstown. In addition to the flight itself, passengers will be able to enjoy 24 hours worth of experiences in Queenstown, including a trip to the Central Otago vineyards, home of Invivo’s Pinot Noir grapes, and an overnight stay at the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa.
While Invivo Air is not ruling out future flights to other destinations, so far, none have been scheduled. The company is currently seeking additional passengers to fill the introductory flight.
Now through 6 p.m. on January 14, interested parties can complete the form on the company’s website to receive details on how they can be selected to participate. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of New Zealand.
Auckland’s domestic borders reopened on December 15, 2021 after being closed for nearly four months due to a lockdown brought on by the outbreak of the Delta variant. Priority will reportedly be given to employees of the travel and hospitality industry who were affected by the lockdown, as well as individuals who had been unable to see their family or friends during the pandemic due to border closures.
“It’s been a tough period of time, particularly for our bars and restaurant customers in both the North and South Island heavily reliant on local tourism,” said Tim Lightbourne, co-founder of Invivo, in a statement. “Running a flight to the South Island is a way that we can show the public the country is open again for domestic tourism, and at the same time support some of those who have had a particularly tough time of it.”