Air New Zealand have announced that they plan to put the world first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland to Perth Route.
The world’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner route will begin operation on 15 October 2014 and as we wrote earlier internally the aircraft will feature three classes Business Premium, Premium Economy, and Economy with some economy dedicated to their Skycouch seating.
The Airline has also revealed they plan to put future Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on their Auckland to Tokyo and Shanghai as well as Christchurch to Tokyo services, not exact dates for these additional services but their website says by the end of 2014.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon made the announcement at the official opening of the airline’s Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Auckland today. A feature of the centre is the only Boeing 787-9 full cabin interior outside the factory in Seattle.
“The 787-9 is going to be a game changer for Air New Zealand and is a key element in delivering on our Go Beyond growth plan. Not only is the 787-9 around 20 percent more fuel efficient than the aircraft it’s replacing, it also sets a new benchmark for passenger comfort,” Mr Luxon says.
“Our new Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre will give us a venue to showcase the on board experience before the world’s first 787-9 to enter commercial service joins our fleet in the middle of next year. We’ll have a busy programme of hosting customers, trade partners and stakeholders at the centre over the coming months. We are confident they will be as excited as we are about the future of air travel.”
Mr Luxon says the Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre will also be the hub for further innovation from Air New Zealand.
“We are determined to deliver step changes in customer experience and to work with our trade partners to crack business issues and seize opportunities together. This centre provides a focal point to bring to life the best of Kiwi ingenuity and we are going to make it available as a venue for other like minded Kiwi businesses to use.”
Mr Luxon also unveiled the cabin layout and configuration details for Air New Zealand’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft at the centre’s opening.
You can read about and see the seat photos Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner Seats Revealed Photos and see the seat map here Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Map Diagram Released