A New Zealand winery has launched the world’s first ‘Winery Airline’.


While the pandemic has forced many airlines to halt alcohol serving in flights, one carrier is all set to shake things up! We’re talking about New Zealand-based Invino Air that has recently launched the world’s first ‘Winery Airline.’ Yes, that’s right!

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The marquee plans to operate a plane route from Auckland to Queenstown, New Zealand, with the first flight to take place “in early 2022,” with 34 guests traveling aboard a chartered Saab plane. The journey will span 620 miles and last less than two hours.

The ‘Winery Airline’ will offer guests a day full of surprises, starting with planned experiences in Queenstown, including a visit to the Central Otago vineyards (where Invino gets its grapes for its Pinot Noir) and a night’s halt at the Hilton Queenstown.

Commenting on it, co-founder Tim Lightbourne in a statement said, “Running a flight to the South Island is a way that we can show the public the country is open again for domestic tourism and at the same time support some of those who have had a particularly tough time of it. We are not ruling out further flights to other New Zealand destinations as well.”

The airline will give preference in bookings to people who were affected most by the pandemic, including Auckland hospitality and tourism staff and members of the public who haven’t seen their South Island family or friends in 2021 due to the borders.

In 2018, a similar airline serving craft beer was also launched between Ohio and London. Similarly, this year also saw the opening of a luxury train with a complete bar for whiskey enthusiasts. As for the ‘Winery Airline,’ those interested can register their interest in taking the inaugural Invivo Air flight through the winery’s website.

[Kiwis can register their interest at Invivo air via: The Drinks Business]

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