BodyPump in the sky? Not exactly, but Air New Zealand has teamed up with the world leaders in group fitness at Les Mills to create a series of inflight wellness exercises designed to improve Economy cabin customers’ experiences in the air. 

Air New Zealand offers wellness sessions in Economy class
Air New Zealand has teamed up with fitness guru Les Mills to offer passengers on-board wellness sessions. Photo by: Bloomberg/Getty Images

All customers travelling on international Air New Zealand services now have access to a series of stretches, exercises and meditation techniques hosted on the airline's inflight entertainment system to help ease the tensions of travelling.

Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave says the partnership is all about leveraging the professional expertise of Les Mills trainers to enhance the inflight experience. "We understand the challenges of flying - some customers want to relax and unwind, while others need to stretch and move their bodies while at altitude. The team at Les Mills has crafted these movements so they feel refreshed and ready to enjoy their destination."

With a tribe of over 140,000 fitness instructors across 20,000 clubs worldwide, Les Mills provides more than 50-years' expertise in the fitness industry to Air New Zealand customers.

"This is two iconic Kiwi brands who continuously punch above their weight on the world stage, coming together to redefine the inflight experience and offer more wellness options for travellers," said Chave.

Air New Zealand offer passengers onboard relaxation classes
Air New Zealand pairs with Les Mills to offer inflight relaxation and meditation. Photo by: petrenkod/iStock/Getty Images Plus

"It's not about doing burpees and tuck jumps in the aisle. This all about demonstrating low-impact, carefully designed stretching and relaxation techniques that anyone can do discreetly in their seat to effectively alleviate any symptoms associated with travelling,” explained Les Mills Creative Director Diana Mills.

"Our trainers travel frequently and understand the importance of staying active in the air, so you feel as fresh and relaxed as you can to take on whatever adventure awaits you."

Travellers can also enjoy a 10-day free trial of LES MILLS On Demand, opening up unlimited access to 800+ of the world's best workouts that they can do in their hotel, office, or once they're back home.

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