Betty White's old school safety video

MARY NICHOLS
Last updated 14:45 10/10/2013
Air New Zealand

Air NZ has teamed up with America’s sweetheart of comedy Betty White and a cast of golden oldies for the airline’s latest in-flight safety video.

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America's sweetest comedienne Betty White is the star of Air New Zealand's new safety video.

White, 91, and a cast of golden oldies star in the airline's latest in-flight safety video, Safety Old School Style, which is set in the fictional Second Wind Retirement Resort.

The video features the former Golden Girls star and multiple Emmy Award winner with fellow residents, including actors Gavin MacLeod, 82, and Jimmy Weldon, 89, engaging in all sorts of antics at the resort.

"If you wanna know about survival, talk to us, 'cause you're gonna want some advice from folks who have been there and done that," White says in the video.

The video is the first the airline has shot overseas, and joins a catalogue of past safety videos including the Hobbit-themed An Unexpected Briefing, Fit to Fly starring fitness guru Richard Simmons and Bear Grylls' The Bear Essentials.

MacLeod, who is best known as Captain Stubing on The Love Boat, makes a dig at White in the clip, labelling her sense of humour a "priceless antique".

Weldon, who was the voice of Yakky Doodle Duck in The Yogi Bear Show, also features in the video, struggling to use the drop-down oxygen mask correctly.

White said she had been exploring opportunities to work with the airline for some time and couldn't say no to the opportunity.

"We had a lot of fun on set and I think we've shown that it doesn't matter what age you are, it's important to live life to the full," she said.

White was recently awarded a Guinness World Record for having the longest television career for a female entertainer.

The airline's safety videos have collectively clocked up more than 25 million views online and have also featured in coverage by global media outlets, such as CNN, BBC and The New York Times.

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