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Naked flight attendants launch NZ travel search website

Naked flight attendants launch NZ travel search website

One of the world's top travel search companies today unveiled its next-generation website with body painted flight attendants and a 3-D chalk artwork of the world.

Body painted flight attendants and a three-dimensional chalk art creation of the world took centre stage in the Auckland CBD today as Momondo Group, the travel search pioneer, unvieled its new next generation Cheapflights website

New Zealand is the first country to benefit from a series of new features and enhancements .

Cheapflights is one of the world’s most popular travel search websites in nine countries. Momondo Group selected New Zealand as one of just two early test-markets for the next generation site and unveiled the new site today after it completed final user testing.

The Australian site, is one of the fastest growing of the group's travel search websites.
The new “meta” site features a simplified user interface designed to make it easier to search through millions of flights and travel options faster – as well as quickly filter and compare results, according to whether holidaymakers want the “cheapest” or the “quickest” option. now also features handy “chart view” and “calendar view” options to enable users to easily find the cheapest days and times to travel.

The launch was celebrated in the Britomart precinct in Auckland with body painted flight attendants encouraging passers-by to get into the picture by posing next to a 3D chalk artwork of some of the world’s most popular landmarks and to explore the world via the new site.

According to the latest data from, New Zealanders are already pushing their adventure- holiday boundaries in 2014. The latest data reveals the top emerging destinations – the biggest movers in terms of flight searches on the site – were Stockholm (Sweden), Cork (Ireland) and Milan (Italy). Other cities recording large increases in searches were Venice, Italy (4th); Prague, Czech Republic; (5th); Cairo, Egypt (6th); Seattle, USA (7th) and Seoul, South Korea (8th) with Bangalore, India, and Rome, Italy, rounding off the top ten risers.
The new Cheapflights site now enables users to compare a much wider range of airlines and travel companies across the market, helping them to find the best options – whether by price, convenience, duration or carrier – to meet their needs.
A revealing new “fast insights” feature enables users to quickly find the latest local prices for taxis, buses and a range of local goods – from clothing to coffee, from eggs to water and a range of beers.

Pages are served faster thanks to new optimised requests, helping users find flights and information more quickly – and the site now uses “responsive design”, meaning content now better fits on a range of screen sizes; making it easier to view on laptops, tablets, smartphones and the next generation of portable devices.

Hugo Burge, CEO of Momondo Group, said: “New Zealand is the first country to benefit from our new search technology, smart filters and simplified design. New Zealand has proved an excellent test market to help develop the first of our next gen sites – and users here have really helped shape and inform our thinking.

“Given that Kiwis are known for travelling far and wide, it makes sense to launch the first of our new sites here. We already know that New Zealand has ‘royal approval’ and just as New Zealand was the first destination for the next generation of royals, it’s where we’ve come to kick off our next generation of travel search. We want to give New Zealanders a headstart with their travel searches, helping people push their boundaries with new destinations – and help Chalk it up with Cheapflights.”


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