Air New Zealand Announces B787-9 Routes and Configuration.

Air New Zealand today announced that it will launch Boeing 787-9 services in October 2014. The aircraft will be configured in an 18J/21W/263Y configuration with the existing Business Premier product in a 1-1-1 configuration,  a new Premium Economy recliner in a 2-3-2 configuration – significantly marking a move away from the B777-300ER Spaceseats, and 263 17.2 wide Economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. The Economy cabin will include 14 rows of Skycouches. IFE will be provided by the Panasonic eX3 system, with 9″ screens in Economy and 11″ screens in Premium Economy and Business.

The type will be launched on the Auckland – Perth route, followed by Auckland – Tokyo Narita and Auckland – Shanghai.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJE Operates Domestic Extras.

Following yesterday’s Wellington fog cancellations, Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJE operated the following additional domestic flights today:

NZ6737 Auckland – Wellington
NZ6739 Wellington – Christchurch
NZ6734 Christchurch – Wellington
NZ6736 Wellington – Auckland.

Air New Zealand B777-200ER Cabin Upgrade Confirmed.

Following the airline’s recent profit announcement Air New Zealand confirmed today that it will go ahead with a programme to upgrade the interior of its eight Boeing 777-200ERs to match the product on offer on its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. Improvements will be made to all cabins with upgraded Business Class seats, the SpaceSeat in Premium Economy and SkyCouch seats in Economy. The Panasonic eXlite In Flight Entertainment system will be fitted in all cabins. The first reconfigured aircraft will enter service in mid 2004.

Air New Zealand to Switch LAX Terminals.

Air New Zealand today announced that in early 2014 it will switch from Terminal 2 at Los Angeles to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The airline will also design and operate the Star Alliance Lounge in the terminal which will also be used by Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Thai International and All Nippon Airways.

The prime benefit will be for Air New Zealand passengers travelling through passengers from London to Auckland and vice versa travelling on the NZ1/NZ2 services who will no longer have to wait in a small transit lounge but will have full access to the departure area facilities.

Air New Zealand Signals New Livery.

Air New Zealand today signalled a new livery to be applied to all new aircraft. This will feature a white fuselage with a black tail on which the Koru will appear in white. Air New Zealand titles will appear in an exclusively designed new font which will appear across all signage from the end of this year.

Air New Zealand Seats 2 Suit to Perth.

Seats 2 Suit is being trialled on the NZ175/NZ176 Auckland – Perth services. The Air New Zealand website also offers passengers the option of routes via Eastern Australian gateways via Virgin Australia codeshares.

ZK-OKM Stopped for Premium Economy Reconfiguration.

Boeing 777-319ER ZK-OKM was removed from traffic at Auckland this morning after arriving as NZ1 from London Heathrow and Los Angeles. The aircraft will now have the Premium Economy cabin reconfigured with one less row of seats.