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Freedom Air Suite Seats Go On Sale

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23 September 2005

Freedom Air Suite Seats Go On Sale

They’re bigger, softer, provide more leg room and best of all – Freedom Air’s new Suite Seats are now on sale! Customers can now purchase Freedom’s super-sized seats for travel from 16 November 2005.

The Suite Seats were given their title via a competition asking the public to name the eight, leather upholstered, 40” pitch seats, which will feature in all of Freedom’s new Airbus A320 fleet.

More than 3,700 entries were sent into Freedom Air with a total of eight people suggesting the competition favourite – Suite Seats.

In keeping with Freedom’s uncomplicated fare structure, the cost of the added leg room and comfort during trans-Tasman or Pacific travel is $100 per person, per sector, on top of the original fare price. A further 142 seats with the usual 30” pitch will still be available on all flights.

Freedom Air Sales and Marketing Manager Rachel Gardiner says the bigger seating option is all about providing more space and comfort for those passengers who like really, really small fares but would prefer a bit more room in-flight.

“Perhaps it’s a little more space to work off their laptop, stretch their legs or just relax and get a bit of shut-eye – our passengers can now benefit from the same space and comfort enjoyed by passengers in business class!”

A second seating option has also been introduced for those passengers who may not want extra room but may have a preference about where they sit in the aircraft. For an additional $5 per sector, passengers can book under Seat Select and chose their specific aisle and seat for their journey.

Seat Select can be used to select any of the 142 economy sized seats, excluding seats in the Emergency Exit aisles.

Passengers up-sizing or selecting their seats will receive the standard Freedom in-flight offering of buy-on-board entertainment, food and refreshments and their baggage allowances will be the same as other passengers. The Suite Seats upgrade option is not available when purchasing a promotional fare.

Gardiner says Suite Seats and Seat Select are just some of the product enhancements Freedom is rolling out over the next few months.

“We have begun to offer a new onboard DVD hire service and we’re going to be reviewing our food and beverage options too.”

Gardiner says that Freedom is committed to maintaining its low fares by providing customers with the flexibility to make decisions on their seating and in-flight options.

“We will continue to provide really, really small fares for our customers so we’ll leave it up to them to decide which extras they want to pay for.”

Freedom Air is part of the Air New Zealand Group.

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