Air New Zealand to Launch "Matchmaking" Flights for North Americans

Air New Zealand is offering its single passengers an opportunity to take advantage of the long flight from North America to New Zealand with its new Matchmaking Flight service. The potential pairing begins at, where users meet in an online community forum and get to know each other, hopefully well enough to meet face-to-face while crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Individuals can travel via several routes alongside "Kiwi" boyfriend/girlfriend options, the more friendly and less romantic "travel partners" option and the strictly professional "business contact." Should the two parties mingle as well as hoped, they have the option to celebrate the new courtship at the Grand Matchmaking Ball at Auckland’s SkyCity Grand Hotel when they land. Then they can also travel all over New Zealand together and come back to the states and feel free to never talk to one another again.

The first flight is set to take off October 13.