Explore topics View by topic: Air Nz 75 Years All Archaeology Auckland and its people Auckland in the world Auckland Stories Design and decorative arts Documentary Heritage Ethnology Evolution Geography Geology History Māori Natural Sciences Our Environment Pacific Textiles War memorial Weapons World in Auckland Show more Service in the skiesEating and drinking on board has been an important part of the flying experience ever since the first passenger spent more than a couple of hours in the air. Early aviation and true trailblazersNew Zealand's airline industry is built on the determination of a few enterprising aviation enthusiasts who fostered a proud tradition of flying. The importance of air travel to New Zealand cannot be overstated and it didn't take long to get started in this country. High-flying fashionCabin crew uniforms form an important part of a carriers' identity; this is certainly true for our national airlines where they've long played a starring role. The Coral RouteNew Zealand's first package holiday in the Pacific was a glamorous island hop known as the Coral Route. In 1951, Tasman Empire Airways Ltd launched a flying boat service from Auckland to Papeete in Tahiti.