Bathroom Shot on Air New Zealand

Bathrooms & Sundry Other Tidbits: Delta Airlines vs. Air New Zealand

I have flown a lot, too much, waaaaay too much actually. The vast majority of my flights (at least 96%) have been on Delta or one of its sky team partners. Sadly, I have always found the bathrooms on Delta’s domestic and international flights to be filthy.

The toilet floors are almost always sticky, and I can’t recall a flight in which the bathroom floors were not wet with something: urine or perhaps that blue fluid used to flush. (I do appreciate the fact that Delta’s bathrooms do not stink.) And finally, do the sinks ever drain all of the water out? I just figured that all of this was unavoidable because men are pigs in the toilet and perhaps cabin pressurization makes the toilets actually leak onto the floor in the bathroom, an issue I’ve noticed on many flights.

Well, after recent flights on Air New Zealand, I can tell you these issues are not unavoidable. The Air New Zealand flights all had spotlessly clean bathrooms. The floors were not sticky. No undesirable liquids were on the floors. The sinks all drained completely. The bathrooms were all completely and refreshingly clean!

Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand

If Air New Zealand can do it, so can Delta! I have no idea what is different, perhaps the flushing technology? But the toilets can and should be clean. I can forgive a random filthy bathroom on a plane, but I literally can not recall a clean bathroom on any Delta flight I’ve had.

Bathroom Shot on Air New Zealand
Bathroom Shot on Air New Zealand

Another nice touch: Air New Zealand bathrooms are slightly larger, and slightly makes a huge difference for a plane’s toilet size. Furthermore, the Air New Zealand flights often had a fancy chandelier silhouette decal on the wall. It’s silly, I know, but it said they were paying attention to details beyond cleanliness.

I’ve certainly had my issues with Delta through the years. I’ll never forget their flat refusal to give us our 5,000 sky miles when we flew their partner airline, Virgin Australia, while visiting that country. They falsely advertised they would give sky miles on those flights and then did not do so even after I repeatedly was in contact with them trying to get them to do what they advertised.

But, I don’t want to give the wrong impression. All in all, flying with Delta has been basically a professional experience, save for filthy bathrooms and false advertising about their sky miles alliance with Virgin Australia. At least they don’t bloody their passengers unconscious like United repeatedly does. However, we are seriously thinking about no longer exclusively flying Delta. Sadly, in the US, we have so few options now that the world is run by corporate monopolies.

Thing #2 in Air New Zealand Business Class
Thing #2 in Air New Zealand Business Class

Oh, and by the way, Delta, the reason we flew business class Air New Zealand on our last trip and not business class on Delta: Air New Zealand had non-stop flights, nicer planes, larger lie flat seats, exceptional customer service in business class, each business class seat had its own large overhead luggage compartment, spotlessly clean bathrooms (We didn’t know they were going to be clean in advance of the flight; they just were.), and we weren’t so sure we would get our sky miles anyway. So, we chose to give them the profits from our trip—sort of pay back. My bet: all of our future flights down under will be through Air New Zealand.

Kudos to Air New Zealand. Our flights were all exceptional, and we were very impressed! Thank you!

Air New Zealand Business Class
Air New Zealand Business Class