World’s first Winery airline launched with free seats for struggling tourism workers – Travel Weekly
Want to fly with an airline where sloshed is encouraged rather than frowned upon?
Kiwi wine company, Invivo & Co has crafted a unique aviation experience promising to be “like other airlines, only with better wine”.
Invivo co-founders Tim and Rob are the brains behind Invivo Air, what they believe to be the world’s first wine airline.
Invivo Air’s maiden flight will take place in early 2022 from Auckland to Queenstown in a chartered, Swedish-built 34-seat Saab aircraft. There will be a number of free seats allocated on the flight for selected guests and Aucklanders have been asked to register their interest online for the opportunity to participate.
Priority for seating will be given to Auckland hospitality and tourism staff who have been impacted by the lockdown, members of the public who have not seen family or friends from the South Island in 2021 due to Invivo’s borders and shareholders.
Selected guests will enjoy a range of special 24-hour experiences by Invivo and its partners in Queenstown, including a stay at the Hilton Queenstown, visits to Invivo Central Otago growers and more.
“It has been a difficult time, especially for our bar and restaurant patrons in the north and south of the island, which are heavily dependent on local tourism,” said Tim.
“Organizing a flight to the South Island is a way to show the public that the country is once again open to domestic tourism, and at the same time to support some of those who have gone through a particularly difficult time.
“We are also not ruling out other flights to other New Zealand destinations. At Invivo Air, it’s business class in every glass!
Invivo Air passengers will be required to comply with all applicable rules and regulations, including showing their valid vaccination card before boarding.