It seems August is the month to get married, if you live in New Zealand. Two Airlines, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand are both promoting the fact they have people getting hitched at 40,000 ft this month. Both have gone for new record breaking statistics…
To mark its brand launch, Fiji Airways, formerly Air Pacific, set out on a search for five couples to get married on board its flagship A330 aircraft on a flight from Auckland to Nadi, Fiji. More than 400 New Zealand couples entered hoping to be one of the lucky couples married in the business cabin winning a free flight and complimentary stay in Fiji to enjoy their honeymoon courtesy of the Radisson BLU Resort Fiji Denarau Island and The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa Fiji.
Five couples exchanged vows on August 7 at 41,000 feet above sea level aboard a brand new Fiji Airways A330 to attain the record. The minimum altitude required to set this new world record was 40,000 feet.
“This was a unique idea to get five couples married on board, in our bid to raise awareness of the new airline branding and of Fiji as a wedding and honeymoon destination,” said Swift. “With our new brand identity & service, based around an authentic Fijian experience, a couple’s Fijian wedding really can start the moment they set foot on board. We’re delighted that we were able to set a new Guinness World Record. We kept this as a surprise for our five couples and it was great to see their reaction when they found out they were part of this world record.”
Air New Zealand
Not to be outdone, Air New Zealand wanted to celebrate the allowance of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by performing the first same-sex marriage in the skies. An Auckland-based same-sex couple with three children will make history when they exchange vows in New Zealand skies, when the Marriage Amendment Act comes into effect on 19 August. Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau were chosen from video and written entries submitted from around New Zealand. They will be married onboard a special Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown to Auckland with family and friends present together with special guest Jesse Tyler Fergusson, from award winning US TV series Modern Family.
Air New Zealand also has some surprises in store for the couple and their guests for the onboard ceremony and following reception before they jet off to Palm Springs, California for their honeymoon.
Good on both of these airlines and their lucky guests for doing things a little differently!