Video: watch Air New Zealand's full 'swimsuit safety video'

By David Flynn, February 12 2014
Video: watch Air New Zealand's full 'swimsuit safety video'

Air New Zealand's controversial Sports Illustrated 'swimsuit safety video' was released overnight, and it's a fair bet the Kiwi carrier is bracing itself for a social media storm as travellers anybody and everybody watches the clip and them chimes in to have their say.

Critics were quick to pile onto AirNZ when the airline revealed a behind-the-scenes teaser of its 'Safety in Paradise' video, produced in partnership with Sports Illustrated and featuring swimsuited supermodels including Australia's own Jessica Gomes.

Air New Zealand was forced to leap to the video's defence, pointing out that being shot on the idyllic Cook Islands made it "entirely appropriate" that the ladies wear bikinis.

Now it's time to see the full-length safety video which will begin screening on AirNZ flights over the coming weeks.

And in case you missed it, here's the original 'sneak preview' which got everybody talking.

Air New Zealand is well known for its decidedly different safety videos, which are as much a global marketing tool as a way to ensure your seat belt is indeed fastened low and tight.

"As a small airline at the bottom of the world, we have to think outside the square when it comes to driving brand awareness and conveying important safety messages to our millions of customers" reasons Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand's Head of Global Brand Development.

And Air New Zealand has plenty of form when it comes to quirky safety videos. Here's a rundown of its most recent efforts.

Safety Old School Style

Starring US actress Betty White, often lauded as "America’s sweetheart" and best known for her roles on The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Set in the fictional Second Wind Retirement Resort, the 'Safety Old School Style' clip also features a cameo by Gavin MacLeod – famous for his role as Captain Stubing on The Love Boat as well as Betty’s former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star – among a cast of 'golden oldies'.

The Bear Essentials of Safety

Man vs Wild presenter Bear Grylls finds novel ways to guide travellers through the mandatory safety steps.

This was filmed in a remote part of the Routeburn Track near Fiordland in New Zealand’s South Island, making this perhaps the world's first airline safety video shot entirely outdoors!

An Unexpected Briefing

Produced as part of a marketing tie-up with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies it's a great watch – whether you're going on an Unexpected Journey or just doing your regular commute There and Back Again.

Line-drawn celebrity-loaded animation

A cherry animated cartoon voiced by Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey and Ed O'Neill of Modern Family and Married With Children fame.

The Bare Essentials of Safety

In which Air New Zealand staff swap their uniforms for body paint.

Crazy About Rugby

That title says it all, really...

Disco-safety with Richard Simmons

Click this one at your peril.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

15 Dec 2013

Total posts 42

Fun and tasteful video promoting the Cook Islands. Good work by Air New Zealand!

Anybody that finds this offensive needs to get a grip.

15 Dec 2013

Total posts 42

P.S. Air New Zealand's direct Sydney-Raro flights are currently on special for ~$600 return (economy). Good deal.


04 Nov 2010

Total posts 670

Yes, now that we can see the full video and not have people going off half-cocked over the 'preview', this is more like an advert for the Cook Islands in some ways. Still looks fine to me, but it's a bit long though, which is the problem with 'special' safety videos. But I would have no objections to seeing this on an Air NZ flight!


14 Jun 2013

Total posts 352

At least it's more bearable than that Richard Simmons disco video! I could watch any of these videos a few times except for that one!

01 Feb 2012

Total posts 370

I never know why people get offended over certain things. But clearly some people on this website find it offensive. I am curious why. 

14 Feb 2014

Total posts 1

I for one find it offensive that the other airlines don't put more effort into their safety videos. Nothing offends me more than a VHS tape thats played so many times you can only half hear and see it!

19 Feb 2014

Total posts 1

Just did the poll - and glad to see a majority approve. Bit over 6% no like. Now Aust BT know how many Australian tertiary educated women with degrees from social science faculties are members of this site.

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