Air New Zealand has detailed its plans for the coming year, as the airline introduces new aircraft into its growing fleet.
The carrier will be taking delivery of three B787-9 Dreamliners (of which it is the launch customer), as well as two B777-300ERs. The deliveries of the B777s are expected to take place around the same time that Air New Zealand’s two older B747-400s are phased out of operation.
Both the B787-9 and the B777 will feature a three-class configuration, with the Dreamliner offering 18 lie-flat seats in business, 21 in premium economy and 263 in economy. The larger B777 will sport a total of 44 seats in business, 44 in premium economy and 244 in economy.
Air New Zealand’s acclaimed Skycouch concept (see here) will also be featured on the new fleet members, with the B787 offering 14 Skycouch rows, and the B777 having 20 such rows.
The highly anticipated arrival of the B787-9 will see the new Dreamliners first operate between Auckland and Perth, starting mid-October. The carrier intends to expand this into a daily operation by the end of the year, serving Tokyo Narita four times per week as well, and Shanghai Pudong fives time a week (see here). In addition, depending on the schedule, the B787-9 will operate some trans-Tasman operations (see here).
In total, Air New Zealand has ten B787-9s on order.
For more information, visit www.airnewzealand.co.nz