Air New Zealand Confirms 787-9 Destinations and Seat Selection
LOS ANGELES -- June 24, 2013
Air New Zealand has today confirmed the destinations its new fleet of 10
Boeing 787-9 aircraft will fly to. The primary long-haul destinations for the
new aircraft will be Shanghai and Tokyo, it will also service mid-haul
destinations including Honolulu - Auckland, Perth and Papeete.
Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the 787-9, the first of which is
due to roll off the production line at Boeing in Seattle next month. Chief
Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the 787-9 is a game changer for the
“This modern, flexible, fuel-efficient aircraft will not only replace our
current fleet of Boeing 767s, it also represents a significant growth
opportunity for our business and opens up the prospect of expanding our
Pacific Rim footprint.
“Given our 787-9s will be multiple purpose aircraft – operating both long and
mid-haul sectors – we’ve put a lot of research effort into coming up with four
distinct seating selections that meet the customer expectations across the
markets it will serve.”
*The Business Premier cabin will feature Air New Zealand’s signature
chalk-colored, luxurious leather armchair which converts to an 180 degree
lay flat bed complete with memory foam mattress, duvet and two full size
*In the Premium Economy cabin the airline has worked with US seat designer
Zodiac on a customized seat best described as Business-lite. This
comfortable, ink-colored luxury leather seat will have a 41” pitch, a
generous 5” wide armrest and a leg rest and extendable foot support which
will allow passengers to really stretch out and relax.
*The Economy cabin will feature 16 rows of Air New Zealand’s unique and
highly popular Kiwi-designed Skycouch seats. This is a row of three seats
that converts into a sofa-like flat surface for both rest and relaxation.
*The standard Economy seat in the 787-9 will be also be supplied by US
manufacturer Zodiac and customized to Air New Zealand’s specifications
including a slim line seat back to enhance the feeling of space, sculpted
upholstering and a more flexible headrest.
Mr. Luxon says the addition of the 787-9 to the Air New Zealand fleet means
the airline will be able to offer a consistent product experience across its
long-haul fleet, and will see the Skycouch available on routes into Asia for
the first time.
About Star Alliance:
Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance
network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to
offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international
traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous
awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best
Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member
airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New
Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa
Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish
Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore
Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish
Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Overall, the Star Alliance network
offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.
For more information about Air New Zealand visit www.airnewzealand.com, and
for more information about Star Alliance visit www.staralliance.com.
Air New Zealand Public Affairs
+64 21 747 320
Communications Manager, the Americas
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