Industry First A321Neo delivered to Air New Zealand

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Following Airbus’ first of 20 deliveries of A320 and A321Neo aircraft to Air New Zealand, the carrier has become a new operator of the A321Neo in November.

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Air New Zealand’s first A321Neo has been delivered in the airlines iconic all black livery. It is configured with 214 seats in a single-class layout and powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines.

The national carrier, headquartered in Auckland, currently operates 30 A320s for short-haul (13 aircraft) and domestic (17 aircraft) operations. 20 new A320/A320Neo aircraft are on order. The aircraft are planned to initially add capacity to Air New Zealand’s trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes. Domestic services will be incorporated at a later stage. Apart from the large proportion of Airbus jets the airline operates 8 B777-300ER, 9 B777-200ER and 13 B787-9 jets in their fleet. With 20 ATR72-600s, 7 ATR72-500s and 23 Q300s the fleet adds up to 110 aircraft – 60 jets and 50 turbo-props – with an average age of 7.6 years.

Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the A320Neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies, including new-generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver 15 percent fuel savings. With more than 6,100 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320Neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent share of the market.

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