Richard Simmons stars in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video

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Those Kiwis are at it yet again with their funny in-flight safety videos with the latest iteration featuring fitness personality Richard Simmons conducting a “fit to fly” safety review covering “safety exercises” like how to put bags away: “Stretch it up to the overhead locker…stretch and slide! Yeah, you’re a giraffe!”

Even chief executive Rob Fyfe took part, as you can see in the above screen grabs. (Fyfe is on the left of Simmons in the photo directly above.)

The videos started to be shown today on Air NZ’s narrow-body fleet and will be expanded to the carrier’s wide-body fleet from 1 May, the carrier says.

For the seatbelt demonstration, Simmons instructs: “Buckle it in. Grab, click, pull! Grab, click, pull!” Simmons names the brace position “the duck”.

Simmons wears a singlet adorned with Air NZ’s Koru logo made, in true Simmons fashion, out of sparkles. The film was shot inside Air New Zealand’s 777 mock-up (featuring 787-style windows) with disco lighting and background dancers in flourescent lycra and sweat bands set to New Zealand singer Leza Corban’s cover of Yazz’s 1980s hit record The Only Way is Up.

Amazing Race presenter Phil Keoghan, television personality Paul Henry, and Silver Fern Temepara George make cameo appearances. Eagle-eyed viewers will also recognise Air NZ staff from previous videos.

The video follows other quirky safety videos from Air NZ, including the “Nothing to Hide” (naked) video and the All Black rugby video, but has already divided viewers into the “love it” and “hate it” camps. What do you think of the video?

If you can’t get enough, here’s a behind the scenes look:


5 Responses to Richard Simmons stars in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video

  1. John S. 28 March, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    And the Qantas flight crews thought that John Travolta’s safety video introduction was tacky.

  2. Robin Capper 2 April, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    I flew Air NZ a few days after this was introduced. The cabin crew looked fed up with it already. Amusingly annoying once maybe but just annoying after that.

  3. Mom2Nine 7 April, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Guys, you were on a roll with such FUNNY stuff, Richard Simmons is enough to make us gag. Not funny, not clever, and not even amusing

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