Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ANZ to board fair trade coffee blend this month

Air New Zealand has signed a contract with Christchurch-based Hummingbird Coffee to serve its coffees onboard in its international Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins and airport lounges later this month.

The airline will be working Hummingbird to create a bespoke blend for its passengers.

"Not only is our partnership with Hummingbird improving the quality of coffee onboard for customers, importantly we are also helping to showcase a great Kiwi brand all over the globe and helping to improve grower livelihoods and environmental impacts," said Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne.

Hummingbird Coffee has been roasting coffee in Christchurch for nearly 30 years and was one of the first companies to directly import fair trade organic coffees into New Zealand in 2002.
The airline's popular coffee ordering feature on its mobile app remembers orders and offers a cup to lounge eligible passengers upon entering selected Air New Zealand lounges. It then notifies the passengers when their order is ready to be collected from the barista. More than 2.8 million orders placed to date with the app.

Air New Zealand has also introduced a new program to recycle paper coffee cups used onboard domestic jet services, which is expected to divert 60 tonnes of cups from landfill yearly. Previously there has not been access to a recycling plant able to process at the scale the airline requires, however a new facility in Auckland is helping to handle the volume.

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