Air New Zealand has revealed that it worked closely with manufacturers Boeing to ensure that its new order of eight 787-Dreamliners — worth a total list-price of US 2.7 billion — is suitable to replace ANZ’s existing fleet of 777-200s.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners which chief executive, Christopher Luxon, says has been the ideal plane for its Pacific Rim business.
“The 787-10 will meet our network needs”
“The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-200 fleet.
“This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering almost 15% more space for customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow.”
ANZ’s fleet of eight 777-200 aircraft, which will be phased out by 2025. The GEnx-1B engine powered Dreamliner is expected to be 25% more fuel efficient than the 777-200s.
Luxon added: “Today’s news is incredibly exciting for our business and our customers as we continue to invest in the most innovative, sustainable and comfortable aircraft on the market and deliver on our commitment to grow our business sustainably. In connecting New Zealand with the world, we naturally offer a high proportion of long-haul flights, and these state-of-the-art aircraft will ensure we continue to operate one of the world’s youngest and most efficient jet fleets.”
“A bold decision”
Boeing’s vice president of commercial sales and marketing in the Asia Pacific, Christy Reese said: “We are honoured to extend our deep partnership with Air New Zealand. This is a bold decision by the airline and will help carry forward the ambitions of Air New Zealand for many years to come.
“The 787-10 is the most efficient widebody in operation today with 25% better fuel costs per seat than the aircraft it replaces. In addition, the 787-10 has 95% commonality with Air New Zealand’s existing fleet of 787-9s and will provide the airline with added benefits in terms of capacity and overall operations.”