It Stars Alana Blanchard, Mick Fanning And A Dog: Why Surfers Will Love This New Inflight Safety Video From Air Zealand

You don’t listen to your stewardess but we bet you’d listen to this lot

Photo: Ben Thouard/Air NZ

Air New Zealand’s airline safety Video

No one watches airline safety demonstrations anymore. As people way funnier than us have been saying for years, but Air New Zealand has come up with a grand plan to change that.

They have created the raddest airline safety video ever by tying it in with surfing and getting some of the most talented and beautiful (more on that later) surfers on the planet to star in it. They filmed at some of the world’s most famous breaks, where Air New Zealand also fly to, including the Gold Coast in Oz, Malibu in California and Raglan and Piha in New Zealand.

Laird Hamilton Photo: Ben Thouard/Air NZ

The all-star cast includes big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, Aussie former World Champ Mick Fanning, the reigning World Champ Gabriel Medina from Brazil, Alana Blanchard and Anastasia Ashley from Hawaii, Paige Hareb from New Zealand and if we’re not mistaken Tillman the skimboarding dog from California!

Alana Blanchard Photo: Ben Thouard/Air NZ

It’s slightly surreal to see a bank of seats on the beach and have Alana Blanchard tell you “to place any loose items under the seat in front of you” but it would also be really cool to watch surfing at the start of a flight, stoking up a good sense of holiday adventure, not to mention distracting those at the more nervous end of the flying spectrum.

Photo: Ben Thouard/Air NZ

It’s a bit of a shame that alongside New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb, the female surfers used are the ones that also model rather than the world’s best, where as the men used are the most talented. But that could also be because Alana Blanchard and Anastasia Ashley have the biggest social media clout and Air New Zealand are understandably hoping for some big viral love for this clip.

Previous Air New Zealand airline safety videos included a Hobbit-themed film, while another featured Bear Grylls experiencing one of New Zealand’s best walks.

It finishes up with a beach campfire scene (which hopefully won’t make viewers think of survival situations…) and these words which you can’t ever imagine coming out of the mouth of a British Airways stewardess: “Thanks for coming on this wicked journey with us!”


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