Boeing and Air New Zealand today announced the airline plans to add the largest 787 Dreamliner model to its fleet with a commitment to buy eight 787-10s valued at $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 (pictured above) and 777 fleet by offering more seats and greater efficiency to grow its business.
“This is a hugely important decision for our airline. 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 chief executive officer 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.”
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 aircraft 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 today.