Kiwi flyers love roast chicken, cookies, local wine and Adele, research shows

Air NZ passengers love their wine.

Air NZ passengers love their wine.

Air New Zealand passengers have a thing for roast chicken, Cookie Time and Kiwi wine and movies, research from the airline has shown. 

Of the more than six million "New Zealand-inspired" meals served across the airline's global network over the past 12 months, more than half a million (530,000) were the roast chicken dish, the airline said. 

More specifically, roast chicken with tarragon cream sauce, roasted kumara and garden vegetables. 

When it comes to snacking though, most passengers prefer sweet over savoury. 

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Some 5.8 million Cookie Time cookies were served on domestic flights over the same period, compared with just 1.8 million savoury snacks. Customers also chomped their way through more than 14.5 million of the airline's signature lollies. 

The complimentary New Zealand wine also went down well, with cabin crew pouring almost eight million glasses. Beer proved less popular, with 476,000 cans served. 

Passengers are also keen on Kiwi entertainment - Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople was watched more than 177,000 times on flights over the past year, making it the most viewed film. 

Disney animated blockbuster Moana earned the highest number of views per month - 39,000 to be exact. 

Adele's Hello was the most listened to song onboard with around 5000 hits a month and kids worked their way through 142,000 activity packs. 

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The airline's Airpoints members cashed in their Airpoints Dollars to take nearly 895,000 flights. 

 - Stuff


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