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Air NZ to take seven new jet aircraft in 2014/15

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 27, 2014

A pair of Air NZ Airbus A320s (Andrew Aley)
A pair of Air NZ Airbus A320s one with the older wingtip fence (left) and one with new sharklets (right). (Andrew Aley)

Air New Zealand’s jet fleet will remain stable at 51 aircraft in 2014/15, with seven new deliveries to be offset by the retirement of seven ageing aircraft.

New jet aircraft to arrive in the current financial year includes two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, one Boeing 777-300ER and four narrowbody Airbus A320s.

They will replace two 747-400s (ZK-SUH has already left the fleet while ZK-NBV is due to depart next month), and five 737-300s due to be retired in 2014/15.

The fleet plan was detailed in Air NZ’s full year financial results released on Wednesday.

The airline has earmarked $NZ2.2 billion in spending on aircraft over the next four years, including progress payments on aircraft and refurbishing the eight 777-200ER and 11 ATR72-500 in its fleet.


“This will land us in a fantastic position with a modern and highly efficient fleet perfectly configured for our network and with a great product for our customers,” Air NZ chief financial officer Rob McDonald said.

McDonald said the last of the 737-300s – which have 133 seats compared with 171 seats on Air NZ’s A320s flown domestically in New Zealand – would be retired by September 2015.

Air NZ took delivery of its first 787 in June and the aircraft was currently flying between Sydney and Auckland ahead of starting on the Perth-Auckland route in October.

The airline has said previously it planned to use initial delivers of the 10 Dreamliners it has on order to serve Tokyo, Shanghai and Perth.

Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon said the 787-9, with 263 economy, 21 premium economy and 18 business class seats, was a better fit for North Asian routes such as China than the 767-300ER, which had 206 economy, 24 business and no premium economy seats.

“There is a real opportunity for us to do better in yield management actually because the challenge we have had in China is that we have been flying the 767 into China and the cabin mix is obviously not what it is in a 777-200 or 787 configuration,” Luxon said.

“So there’s a real opportunity for us to do better at the front end of the aircraft going into China as well as obviously receiving the operating efficiencies around more fuel efficient aircraft as well.”

Separately, Air NZ’s ATR 72-600 turboprop fleet was projected to increase by three frames to seven.

AIr NZ fleet table

Source: Air NZ investor presentation

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Comments (8)

  • reverend


    it is good to see air NZ doing well now Qantas needs airbus a380 and boeing 787-9 variant

  • Sam Cole


    Air New Zealand I think have set the standard in the region and I think Qantas needs to follow suit and in all honesty Reverend (above) Qantas need to buy into the long range twin engine market 777/A350/A330NEO/787, there is no market for the A380 in Australia, Qantas just can’t get the numbers to justify it to Europe or Asia, to the USA yes but a 777 would do the job better. But its great to see Air New Zealand doing so well!

  • Ty


    Would be great to see Air NZ order some small jets to open regional NZ up for future growth. The new ATR-600 aircraft are a great improvement over the -500 series, but a 90-120 seat aircraft would be perfect to plug the massive gap that will arise when the 737’s go… They wont have the flexibility to up/down gauge aircraft when required on domestic routes. How about some E-jets or A319’s? They would save a lot of time on existent routes like Invercargill/Dunedin/Queenstown – Wellington or Christchurch-Hamilton/Napier and would be a perfect work horse for opening new direct services that are too long/slow for an ATR but uneconomical for an A320 to service.

  • John


    As Qantas already have 12 A380s, what routes do you envisage any 777s would operate, that a Qantas 787/9 could not operate?

  • Jarden


    Actually the ATR 72-600 fleet now stands at 4 with MVD being the latest and they will grow this fleet to 9 and also have further options to exercise if they wish.

  • Stu Bee


    @John – The likelihood is that B787/8 or 9’s will never see operations in QF livery…

  • NJP


    Bye bye Alan Joyce & head-hunt Christopher Luxon – job done

  • mkg


    Nevermind Luxon, Rob Fyfe or Norris would fix QF

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