“It was just thrilling to watch the long-awaited reunions that took place at airports both sides of the Tasman after the first bubble flights on Monday,” he said.
“Like many others, I’m really looking forward to spending some time with my kids and grandkids after a long time apart.”
Foran also used the flight as an opportunity to put the new IATA Travel Pass app through its paces.
Over the next three weeks, Air New Zealand’s customers travelling between Auckland and Sydney will trial the app, designed to make travel easier by letting customers know what COVID-19 tests and/or vaccines they require before travel, and where they can get tested.
The app also allows them to share their tests and vaccination results with airlines and border agencies in a way that protects their privacy.
Foran said the trial is the first to be conducted in a quarantine-free environment and is an example of how the airline is working with innovative companies to develop a seamless digital customer experience.
“Our trans-Tasman bubble flights to Sydney have gone incredibly well and we’re looking forward to hearing how our customers interact with the app which offers a safer, more secure and contactless experience for travellers,” he said.
“We’re working closely with accredited labs in coordination with IATA to provide COVID-19 testing to customers involved in the trial.
“Once a negative result has been received by customers, a green tick of approval will appear in their IATA Travel Pass app which can be shown to airport check-in staff.
“We hope that in time, innovations like the digital health verification process will give governments around the world the confidence to open borders again,” Foran said.