Ed O’Neill & Melanie Lynskey Get Animated For Air New Zealand

As someone who travels quite a bit, I really appreciate Air New Zealand’s efforts. More often than not, the safety video and presentation is dull at best. I definitely understand the flight attendants are most likely bored after performing the seat belt and life preserver tutorial a million times. I don’t blame them. The Kiwi airline has once again shown they’re a leader when it comes to entertaining their customers during this all-important pre-flight instruction.

In the past, they’ve employed body-painted airline staff and fitness guru Richard Simmons to deliver the safety video. Those viral videos have amassed more than 20 million views online. Air New Zealand’s approach really works. On a recent flight to Auckland, I noticed all the passengers enjoying the Simmons video. It’s probably the gayest SLASH funniest thing I’ve ever seen on a plane. Plus it features Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race) busting out his dance moves in short shorts. Now that’s a visual.

For their newest safety video, the airline has enlisted two sitcom stars to voice the clip. “Modern Family” star Ed O’Neill and New Zealand born actress Melanie Lynskey get animated to demonstrate all the safety features of the plane. The two are also joined by several notable faces who make cameos in the vid. They include world leaders, Olympian athletes and Snoop Dogg doing what he does best- smoking up. How progressive. The safety video launches onboard in early July and will be rolled out on all international and domestic jet flights. Watch the clip below.

Ed & Melanie’s Safety Sketch

“This time, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight the global reach of our business and to recognise world events and celebrities in a uniquely Air New Zealand way. That’s why customers will see world leaders who feature in election processes this year, Olympians competing to prove they are the best in the world, our All Black Captain and A-listers who are big in their markets today,” – Chris Myers, Air New Zealand

Richard Simmons Air New Zealand Safety Video

For those who haven’t seen the Richard Simmons clip, I thought I’d embed it below. It’s definitely worth a watch. Every airline should hire Simmons to perform their safety video. He’s worth it.

If you’re feeling lucky today, head over to Air New Zealand’s official blog to enter a contest. If you can correctly name at least five celebrities in the video, you might win two plane tickets. You never know. I, myself, have won a free trip from the airline. Definitely one of my favorite airlines. Kia Ora.

  • Ky

    So proud of Air NZ right now! Brilliant airline with the best sense of humour. Too bad the airports aren’t as fun.. =/