Air New Zealand picks Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to support future growth
May 28, 2019: Air New Zealand has announced its plans to acquire eight Boeing 787-10 airplanes worth $2.7 billion at list prices.
The carrier, known for its global network and long-range operations, says the 787-10 complements its current 787-9 and 777 fleet by offering more seats and greater efficiency to grow its business.
" With the 787-10 offering around 15 percent more space for both customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow," said Air New Zealand's CEO Christopher Luxon.
"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."
The 787-10 can accommodate up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9 airplane.
The airplane allows operators to achieve 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes.
"Air New Zealand is one of the world's leading long-haul carriers that has built an amazing network to connect the South Pacific with Asia and the Americas," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company.
Air New Zealand was a global launch customer for the 787-9 and today operates 13 of the Dreamliner variant. With another 787-9 on the way and the 787-10 airplanes in the future, the airline's Dreamliner fleet will grow to 22.
Air New Zealand's widebody fleet also includes seven 777-300ERs and eight 777-200ERs, which it is progressively replacing with the aircraft order announced.