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(CNN) -- In November, CNN Business Traveller is all about connectivity -- connecting people and places with new technology and experiences.
We take a trip on Air New Zealand's first round the world flight. It's been flying most of the way for years, but a new route connecting Hong Kong and London closes an important gap in its schedule.
We start our global trek in Auckland; stop by in Hong Kong before heading to London and Los Angeles. Along the way we show business travellers new ways to keep in touch.
Finally we end back where we started. This time, it's not about connecting, but disconnecting with an escape in rural New Zealand.
Air New Zealand
We're starting in Auckland, the home of Air New Zealand. That's because on October 28, 2006 the airline added a new route to create its first complete round the world service.
Air New Zealand has been flying to London via Los Angeles since 1988, and until now has only operated a return flight from Auckland to Hong Kong. The new HKG-LHR route bridges an important gap in the schedule. We ask Air New Zealand's CEO Rob Fyfe about his plans for the route and the future. We also test the strength and size of Air New Zealand's business class seats with perhaps the biggest men in New Zealand, members of the national rugby team, the All Blacks.
Oasis vs Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand's not the only airline to offer new services on the highly competitive Hong Kong to London leg. Just three days earlier on October 25, 2006 Oasis Hong Kong Airlines launches the first long-haul low-cost flight from Hong Kong to London. More than ten thousand tickets were sold in the first two weeks of sales suggesting there is strong demand. But is flying low-cost long-distance financially feasible? We ask Oasis CEO Stephen Miller. We join the airline's maiden flight to weigh the difference between cost and comfort.
Keeping in touch
As every business traveller knows, keeping in touch on the road is a logistical nightmare. Our trip takes us to Auckland; eight hours ahead of Hong Kong, thirteen hours ahead of London and a whopping 20 hours ahead of LA. How do you keep in touch on the road? We test internet telephony with the head of Skype North America, Don Albert. And we look at mobile phones on planes. Is it really what business travellers want?
Finally, we arrive back where we started -- New Zealand. Forget connectivity! It's time to disconnect from the hectic life of business travel and escape to the wilderness. We take a helicopter tour over a live volcano on the North Island, we meet the locals to discover the story behind Maori culture and Richard Quest puts his vocal cords to the test by learning the Haka.
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