Air New Zealand to deploy refurbed 777-200ER on August 23

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 20, 2014
Air New Zealand 777-200ER ZK-OKC. (Darren Koch)
Air New Zealand is refurbishing its 777-200ER fleet. (Darren Koch)

Air New Zealand will start flights with its refurbished Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on Saturday.

The first flights with the upgraded aircraft will be NZ135 from Auckland to Brisbane and the return service NZ136 on Saturday, August 23, according to the Airline Route website. That will be followed by return services to Sydney on Sunday and Nadi in Fiji on Monday. Flights beyond Monday were expected to be added progressively.

Air NZ has eight Boeing 777-200ERs in its fleet which are used primarily to North America and Asia, but also regularly operate on the trans-Tasman. The old configuration featured 304 seats, with 26 in business, 36 in premium economy and 242 in economy.

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There will be an increase of eight seats under the new layout – business will stay at 26 seats, while premium economy will increase to 40 and the number of economy seats rises to 246. The premium economy seat will be the same as Air NZ has just introduced on its Boeing 787-9s and will be in a 2-4-2 layout, compared with 3-3-3 in unreconfigured aircraft.

And the economy cabin will feature the Skycouch, where three seats by the window can be used as a flat surface to lay down, Air NZ said in 2012 when announcing the upgrade program. The configuration will also change, with the airline going to the 3-4-3 layout that is currently used on its 777-300ERs, from 3-3-3 currently.

The upgrade of of all eight 777-200ERs, which is being undertaken at the airline’s Auckland engineering base, was expected to be finished in 2015.

Meanwhile, Flightglobal reported that Brazilian carrier Azul will use the Air NZ-designed Skycouch on its Airbus A330 aircraft for flights to the USA.

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Azul was the second carrier to license the Skycouch, after Taiwan’s China Airlines confirmed in January 2014 it would fit the seats on its Boeing 777-300ERs.

Air New Zealand's 787-9 premium economy seat is being refitted to its 777-200ERs.
Air New Zealand’s 787-9 premium economy seat is being refitted to its 777-200ERs.

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8 Comments

  • Greg

    says:

    Premium Looks a good offer – well done Air NZ keeping up with innovation again!

  • Ty

    says:

    Good to know that by the end of next year the Air NZ fleet will have a consistent product across the long haul fleet… Flew to Shanghai in June on the 777-200ER and was bitterly disappointed by the overall experience due to the condition of the plane… outdated cabin, IFE was playing up… good to see they’re doing something about it

  • Des

    says:

    How do they add an extra seat in every row of economy yet the overall economy seat count only goes up by 4 seats?

  • William

    says:

    NZ Air we are waiting on you in Houston.

  • reverend

    says:

    Now they need to buy boeing 777 8 & 9X

  • Colin

    says:

    Simple Des! The Premium Economy product drops one seat each row and has increased in number overall taking up much more room on the plane and this comes from the reduced economy area! Makes sense?

  • Kim

    says:

    Like to see the 777-200 on the daily Auckland/Adelaide/Auckland run rather than the existing A320’s. Long 4hr flight on the small Airbus.

  • Peter Brown

    says:

    too bad they did not continue to use the premium economy seat that’s in the 777-300

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