Air New Zealand invests billions in new Dreamliners

Air New Zealand has invested in eight new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

The first of the new aircraft will join Air New Zealand’s fleet in 2022.

Air New Zealand currently has a fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners, which chief executive Christopher Luxon praises, calling it the perfect aircraft for the Pacific area.

“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,” said Luxon.

“This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering almost 15 percent more space for customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow.”

These long-haul aircraft will replace Air New Zealand’s eight 777-200 aircraft which will be phased out by 2025.

The 787-10 aircraft is renowned for being the most efficient widebody aircraft in operation. Its fuel cost per seat is 25 percent better than the aircraft it’s replacing.