Industry Air New Zealand orders eight 787-10 Dreamliners

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced, that Air New Zealand has ordered eight 787-10 Dreamliners.

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The flag-carrier will use the new 787-10 aircraft for its future growth. The deal is valued at approximately US$2.7 billion according to current list prices. The 787-10s are set to complement the current fleet of 777 and 787-9 aircraft.

All 787-10 Dreamliners will be powered by General Electrics GEnx-1B engines and the first aircraft is expected to join the carrier´s fleet in 2022. Currently, the airline is operating a total of 13 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. This recent order shows Air New Zealand´s satisfaction of the aircraft family.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said: "This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering around 15 percent more space for both customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow […] 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."

"Air New Zealand is one of the world's leading long-haul carriers that has built an amazing network to connect the South Pacific with Asia and the Americas. We are honoured that Air New Zealand has chosen to grow its future with the 787-10, the most efficient widebody airplane flying the skies today," added Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company. "With the 777 and now the 787-9 and 787-10, Air New Zealand will have an incredible widebody family to serve its passengers and grow its international network in the years ahead."

The commitment to buy eight 787-10s comes with further options to increase the order to 20 aircraft. Moreover, Air New Zealand holds rights to swap between the 787-10 and 787-9 if operational circumstances require the airline to operate the smaller version.

Air New Zealand was the global launch customer for the 787-9 Dreamliner and with the deliveries of one on the way and the eight 787-10 aircraft, the carrier´s 787 fleet will grow to 22 airframes. With the deliveries, Air New Zealand also uses a number of Boeing Global Services solutions. For example, the carrier is benefitting from the Airplane Health Management system, which provides crucial maintenance data and decision support tools.

As the flag-carrier airline of New Zealand, the airline is the largest carrier in the country. Air New Zealand was initially founded in 1940 and has established hubs at Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance and operates a fleet of 65 aircraft.

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