The Best Press Pack Ever.

Will you just look at what was in one of the parcels I picked up last week? This has to be the best press pack ever! To celebrate thirty years of flying between London and Los Angeles, Air New Zealand sent me this brilliant retro bag filled with goodies from 1982. (Well, not strictly 1982, but the thought was definitely there!) I am now the proud owner of a proper Polaroid camera, a Sony Walkman and a mix-tape!

kate crilly

And guess who turned up just as I was opening my bag of retro delights? Little sister Kate, @crillystyle! Kate dresses as though she’s permanently in the eighties, so it seemed a perfect opportunity for her to model my Air New Zealand electronics. Here she is with bag, walkman and Polaroid camera – one gigantic hoop earring just visible.

Fact for you: over the past 30 years, Air New Zealand has carried more than 4.5 million passengers on the London-LA route including a dozen princesses and princes, hundreds of sporting personalities and top international model Ruth Crilly. (Hohoho.) All joking aside, I loved flying Air New Zealand. It was probably the best business class seat/bed I have flown in – amazing food, brilliant in-seat entertainment and a swift, professional turn-down service. (Yes, you stand by as your bed gets made, sipping a glass of champagne.) In the next class down, the premium economy seats are absolutely huge – well worth upgrading to, unlike some premium economy seats! (Additional centimetre of leg room for an extra £500, anyone?!)

Anyway, I must get back to listening to my mix-tape – Olivia Newton-John is wailing out from the Walkman earphones! Have a look at Air New Zealand’s blog, I am Packed. It peeks inside people’s suitcases. Addictive.

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  1. upa
    October 5, 2012 / 7:56 am

    This brings back sooo many great memories. Great job, Air New Zealand!

  2. October 5, 2012 / 9:35 am

    This is such a great idea. Your sister is super cute. I LOVE her jumper – please let us know where she got it? x

  3. Bernadine
    October 5, 2012 / 10:11 am

    have to say AirNZ always do things with a bit of a twist, with even their safety videos being a bit of a laugh. But what a classic idea and definitely a cool talking point…love the polaroid camera and I remember having a bag like that but in teal back in the day! :)

  4. Allie
    October 5, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    Air New Zealand are so creative! I had to do some research on them for work and it was so much fun (especially watching their on board safety videos). This is fantastic!

  5. Rita the parachutist
    October 5, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    Wow lucky you!
    I must admit that I’m a bit of a retro freak anyway… not soo much the 80s, but I just love vintage stuff in general. And this makes me wonder where in the world all my mix tapes have gone (ah the good old days when life was so much easier, when your biggest concern was that nobody else in primary school wears those extremely fancy pink corduroy trousers lol).. anyway, have fun with your goodies, Ruth!
    Lovely sis with lovely hair btw :)

  6. Mo
    October 7, 2012 / 4:06 am

    OMG. This HAS to be the coolest thing ever!!! I bet it was difficult to round up all that 80’s goodness! Props to Air New Zealand :-)

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