Air New Zealand reignites Pavlova War with cheeky message to Qantas

NZ 07/04/2021

The travel bubble hasn't even opened yet, but the rivalry between Air New Zealand and Qantas has begun again.

On the night Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the Trans-Tasman Quarantine Bubble will begin from April 19th, Air NZ CEO Greg Foran sent a delicious kiwifruit-topped pavlova to the frenemies at Qantas.

"It's been a while since we spotted a kangaroo flying over Aotearoa!" the message begins.

"We've certainly been looking forward to passing you in the sky again soon. Please accept this pavlova as a heartfelt Kiwiana gift from across the ditch."

The letter concludes with a little dig at the Aussies: "We tried to send the Bledisloe Cup but they wouldn't let us."

Qantas, who posted the original Pav on Twitter, shared they planned to send their own gift back, but not without their own dig back. 

"Some of Australia's finest is headed your way (sadly @CrowdedHouseHQ couldn't fit in the overhead locker)," the airline tweeted with a photo of a mysterious gift box.

Nothing like some friendly Trans-Tasman banter as we prepare for Aussies to return to NZ!