Reply To: Air New Zealand tips Auckland-Shanghai as first Boeing 787-9 route

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That was not unexpected.

Most other airlines are replacing existing routes first before using it for new routes. There are several good reasons:
-Monitor performance
-Allow contingency time in case of delays, you don’t want to ruin a big launch (eg. Qatar Doha-Perth or JAL Tokyo-Boston, both launches that were ruined)
-Familiarise crew and ground staff at existing stations
-Retire older aircraft

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