Air New Zealand ups Premium Economy

1 Oct 2008

Air New Zealand is to double the number of Pacific Premium Economy seats onboard its fleet of eight 777-200ER aircraft.

Expected to be reconfigured by June 2009, each aircraft will have an additional 18 Pacific Premium Economy seats added taking the total available to 36.

Increasing demand has led to this third increase in two years in the Premium Economy cabins, with two previous increases on ANZ’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft, bringing the total number of this particular seat category on board the jumbo to 39. 

Both aircraft types, carrying the Premium Economy seating, fly from Auckland to Hongkong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Osaka, in addition to the Auckland-Hongkong-London service. They are currently configured for 26 Business Premier seats, 18 in Pacific Premium Economy and 269 in Economy, but ANZ says this will change to 36 in Premium Economy and 242 in Economy.

Features of ANZ’s Premium Economy section include a 41-inch seat pitch, nine-inch recline, and “business class style food and beverages and amenities (such as toiletries using native New Zealand plants and blossoms)”.

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