Air New Zealand has recently taken delivery of the first of its revamped Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline received the Dreamliner on the same when it started rolling out in-flight Wi-Fi on Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts throughout its international fleet.
Media reports said that this is Air New Zealand’s 10th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Its inclusion in the airline’s international fleet has been appreciated and widely welcomed by business travelers. It may be noted that the Dreamliner has been revamped to accommodate additional premium seating. According to the reports, the business class seating has significantly increased. The Business Premier cabin will now have 27 seats in comparison to 18 previously. The change is visible in premium economy as well. The seating capacity in premium economy cabin has increased to 33 as against 21 seats earlier. The reports stated that New Zealand’s national carrier is to acquire four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts with the similar configuration.
Air New Zealand said that the reconfigured Dreamliner has been initially deployed to conduct flights between Auckland and Sydney effective from October 15, 2017. This will continue for few months. The airline has however said that it will start flying the new Dreamliner on its Houston route from December this year onwards.
Mike Tod, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer of Air New Zealand, said, “The company is delighted to acquire revamped Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and deploy for flight operations between Sydney and Auckland. Ever since the reconfigured Dreamliner has been pressed into flight operations the demand from customers for Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins have significantly increased. The customers are also praising the services and products that come along with Premiumj Economy and Business Premier cabins. We are happy to say that Air New Zealand became the proud launch customer for Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in the year 2014.”