Air New Zealand released its first A321neo aircraft which will enter commercial service in November. Flights operated by the new aircraft are available for purchase.
The fleet will include 13 Airbus neo aircraft (seven A321neos and six A320neos) that will replace the current A320.An additional seven Airbus A321neos are for anticipated domestic network growth. The total value of the two aircraft orders is NZD 2.8 billion (about $1.85 billion).
The A321 can carry 214 passengers - 46 more than the airline's current A320 fleet.
There is 25 percent more overhead bin space, a new Android based inflight entertainment system with a larger 10” screen and high power USB charging points and Wi-Fi connectivity.
"The arrival of the new fleet is a significant step in the airline's short haul strategy."Australia and the Pacific Islands are a vitally important part of our Pacific Rim network. We operate up to 240 services each week with our Airbus narrow body aircraft. These new aircraft are key to enabling us to grow our short haul network while offering our customers a great inflight experience,” Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon.
New generation engines, fuel efficient Sharklet wing tip devices and approximately 25 percent more seats mean the A321neos are expected to help deliver fuel savings and efficiencies of at least 15 percent compared with the aircraft they're replacing, helping reduce carbon emissions.
A second A321neo is also expected to enter service in November, while the first A320neo is scheduled for February 2019. The rest will follow at intervals through until late 2019.
Routes: Auckland – Apia December 28, 2018
Auckland – Brisbane November 18, 2018,
Auckland – Gold Coast November 13, 2018
Auckland – Melbourne November 25, 2018
Auckland – Nadi January 30, 2019
Auckland – Nuku’Alofa December 18, 2018
Auckland – Sydney November 12, 2018