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Hollywood stars Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in Air New Zealand's latest safety video

There will be no danger of Air New Zealand passengers tuning out of its latest onboard safety video, considering Hollywood stars Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take centre stage in it. Entitled ‘A Fantastical Journey,’ the video is an Alice in Wonderland-inspired adventure featuring a number of iconic locations throughout New Zealand, and it continues the airline’s trend for wacky, fun and entertaining videos.

Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand
Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand

The locations include the Conway River in Canterbury, Mt Taranaki, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Otago – including Dunedin and the Moeraki Boulders. New Zealand singer/songwriter, Gin Wigmore, also recorded her own unique version of the song ‘My Little Corner of the World’ as the backing track for the video.

“I was really excited to be a part of this project,” says Katie Holmes. “The safety video is creative, magical and funny. The scenery is also beautiful and makes me want to get down to New Zealand.”

Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand
Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand

Her fellow star, Cuba Gooding Jr., says he wanted to get involved in the video as he does a lot of travelling and loves the fun, different approach employed in the safety videos. “They make you laugh, smile and pay a little bit more attention,” he says. “I’ve also enjoyed working with Katie Holmes and Kiwi artist Gin Wigmore. Her voice is enchanting and soothing, exactly what you need for a safety video.”

Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand
Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand General Manager of Global Brand and Content Marketing, Jodi Williams, says that ‘A Fantastical Journey’ will let viewers see New Zealand’s stunning beauty, incredible culture, friendly people and amazing flora and fauna, while also sharing the airline’s key safety messages.

Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand
Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. take viewers on ‘A Fantastical Journey.’ Image: Air New Zealand

‘A Fantastical Journey’ has now been rolled out across the airline’s fleet, so watch out for it the next time you fly Air New Zealand.