Air NZ to use 787 on Perth-Christchurch seasonal route

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 22, 2016
Air NZ 787-9 Dreamliner in Perth copy
Air NZ 787-9 ZK-NZE at Perth Airport. (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand plans to boost capacity between Perth and Christchurch when it uses the 787-9 Dreamliner on the seasonal route from December.

Previously, Air NZ’s Perth-Christchurch flights, which operate during the summer months, have been flown with 230-seat Boeing 767-300ERs comprising 24 in business and 206 in economy.

However, the airline said on Tuesday it would deploy the 787-9s, which are configured with 18 business, 21 premium economy and 263 economy seats for a total of 302 seats, on its twice-weekly service which begins December 9 2016 and runs until April 29 2017.

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Air NZ said it would be the first scheduled 787-9 services to and from NZ’s South Island.

“Our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has proven to be popular with our customers since it first began operating between Auckland and Perth in September 2014,” Air NZ chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace said in a statement on Tuesday.

“These mid-haul routes are perfect for experiencing the aircraft’s improved cabin environment including higher humidity and lower cabin altitude which help passengers arrive at the destinations feeling more refreshed.”

Air NZ currently has six 787-9s in its fleet, with a further six due for delivery between now and 2019. Meanwhile, the last of the airline’s five 767s was scheduled to be retired in 2017.

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Air New Zealand's fleet profile, as detailed in its 2015/16 first half results. (Air NZ)
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5 Comments

  • Tyron

    says:

    Would be great if Air NZ used PER as a refueling stop to fly beyond to Africa or Europe… So many possibilities with the 78-9…

  • k lane

    says:

    look out for the end of year announcement on 777-200 replacements starting from 2020

  • Aden O'Keefe-Buckton

    says:

    yes since QANTAS isn’t doing anything any time soon, ANZ should add PER-DXB and challenge the currently unchallenged Emirates not only on the PER-DXB but they would also be challenging the Emirates AKL-DXB flights.

    It would be a smart move.

  • Marc

    says:

    With 787, Air NZ should seriously look at Auckland-Honolulu-London.

  • peter

    says:

    just returned from NZ after a fab holiday there, was very impressed with the 787 my first flight on one of these,the service from ANZ staff was excellent could not fault i was in premium which might have helped but after 7 hours i got off feeling really refreshed was so pleased I booked ANZ I was going to come back Qantas but after the trip over with them i’m glad I didn’t but thats another story

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