Air New Zealand recently released a seat map diagram for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will make its inaugural paying flight from Auckland to Perth on 14 October 2014. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy with a sections dedicated to their innovative Economy Skycouch seating. Also see the Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Photos The class and specifications break down for the seat map is as follows: Class # Seats Seat Pitch Recline Seat Config Inflight Power IFE Screen Business Premier 18 na Lie Flat 1-1-1 1 / seat 11”(27cm) Premium Economy 21 (104cm) 9” (22cm) 2-3-2 1 / seat 11”(27cm) Economy 263 (79-81 cm) 5” (12.5 cm) 3-3-3 2 / 3 seats 9″ (22cm) Economy Skycouch 42 (79-81 cm) 5” (12.5 cm) 3-3-3 2 / 3 seats 9″ (22cm) The seating number for Economy class above includes Skycouch numbers, also Skycouch seats are marked in Blue/Aqua in the seat map below.
Air New Zealand recently revealed photos of its seating options for its upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will be launched on the Auckland to Perth route from 15 October 2014. As expected the Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be a three class cabin with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy. Click to navigate to the relevant section: Business Premier Seats | Premium Economy Seats | Economy Skycouch Seats | Economy Seats Also see the: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Map Diagram Business Premier Seats Laid out in an angled 1-1-1 seating configuration from rows 1 to 6 there are a total of 18 seats Business Premier Seats which convert into a full lie flat beds. All seats feature inflight power and USB as well as an 11” Capactive Touch Screen Premium Economy Seats Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner Premium Economy seating is located in rows 23 to 25 and feature 21 seats in a 2-3-2 seating configuration. Seats have a 9” (22 cm recline) and a 41” (104 cm) seat pitch. All seats feature inflight power and USB as well as an 11” Capactive Touch Screen Economy Skycouch Seats Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch seats are an innovative design which allow the back rest part of the seat to be folded down as seen in the pictures below. If you are travelling with kids it’s great and gives you more options and room for sleeping. Air New Zealand’s Skycouch Seats are located in Rows 36-43 ABC and 36-41 HJK see the blue/aqua coloured seating in the following Air New Zealand Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner Seat Map for the exact location. Economy Seats In total there are 263 Economy Class seats on Air New Zealand’s 787 Dreamliner laid out in a 3-3-3 seating configuration. Seats have a 5” (12.5 cm) recline and a seat pitch of 31-32″ (79-81 cm) Entertainment wise each Economy Class seat features a 9” (22 cm) touch screen in addition to inflight power 2 plugs for every 3 seats, as well as USB power in every seat.
Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand today announced that they would begin operations of direct a twice weekly Perth to Christchurch service that will operate during the peak travel period between December 2013 and April 2014 The service that will be operated by Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will codeshare on is the first direct service between the two cities in 20 years has been made possible by the trans-Tasman alliance. Flights are scheduled to depart Christchurch at 1540 arriving in Perth at 1910 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon announced the new route, on behalf of the alliance partners, at the official opening this evening of Christchurch International Airport Limited’s new terminal facilities. Mr Luxon highlighted Christchurch and Perth as the two largest trans-Tasman destinations without a current direct alliance service. “This is a great time to be linking these two destinations. The West Australian economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the rest of Australia and rebuilding activity is poised to stimulate travel demand within Christchurch and Canterbury.” Mr Luxon says “Christchurch is also a convenient hub for the whole South Island – particularly now the airport company is providing world class terminal facilities.” Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have been working together for around two years now to ensure that they offer the best possible network and service across the Tasman. “We have been very pleased with the recovery we have seen on Christchurch routes in recent times and we expect traffic to continue to increase as a result of the new airport facilities. Linking Christchurch with Perth, which has long had the highest growth rate of all Australian capital city airports, will provide an attractive service for business and leisure travellers alike. “The hard work and cooperation of Perth Airport and Christchurch International Airport has been integral to the formation of this new route and we look forward to working with them in future for the benefit of our customers”, Ms Crompton said.
Air New Zealand have announced that they intend to swap its Airbus 777-200 Aircraft on its Auckland to Tokyo flight for a Boeing 747-400 following increased passenger numbers on this route. This change will add an additional 1000 seats per week on this route and will increase capacity by 25% The full media release from Air New Zealand can be read below: Air New Zealand to Operate Boeing 747-400 on Tokyo route Following Increased Passenger Numbers Return of the 747 to Tokyo signals Japanese market resurgence 21 February 2011 Recovering Japanese visitor numbers are prompting Air New Zealand to operate Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Tokyo route following five years absence. Visitor numbers declined steadily from a high of 165,000 in 2004 down to about 78,000 in 2009 before growing 12% to 87,700 in 2010 with the help of additional Air New Zealand charter flights and increased marketing. Air New Zealand will increase capacity by 25% this coming summer on scheduled services between Tokyo’s Narita Airport and New Zealand through the use of the 379 seat Boeing 747-400. Air New Zealand currently operates 304 seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft daily between New Zealand and Tokyo’s Narita Airport (Auckland return four times per week and Christchurch return three times per week). Boeing 767-300s are used between New Zealand and Osaka-Kansai Airport five times a week. Deputy CEO Norm Thompson says switching the Tokyo route to a 747 will provide more than 1,000 additional return seats per week over the high season. “The move demonstrates Air New Zealand’s confidence in the growth potential of the Japan tourism market. The success of special charter flights this summer suggests the Japanese market is experiencing a strong recovery. Air New Zealand is currently operating 14 special return charter flights from nine departure points between the end of December and the beginning of April 2011. That’s triple the number we ran last year.” The charters were operated with the support of Tourism New Zealand and Auckland International Airport Limited. Japanese are the highest spending visitors to New Zealand, spending an average of $4,550 per person. Nearly 88,000 Japanese visited New Zealand in 2010, spending a total of $362 million. The extra capacity will be deployed on the Tokyo route next summer between December 2011 and February 2012.
Air New Zealand has announced that it new Airbus A320 aircraft are close to completion with the airline expecting to receive the first of the order within the next few weeks. Below see the time lapse video of the assembly of the aircraft. The full media release from Air New Zealand can be read below: New Black Aircraft Takes to the Skies Air New Zealand’s new all black A320 aircraft is nearing completion and in a few weeks will make the journey to New Zealand to join the airline’s domestic jet fleet. The aircraft with its newly painted all black livery, recently flew from Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France, to Hamburg, Germany where cabin interior fit-out is now nearing completion. The aircraft is the first of Air New Zealand’s new domestic Airbus A320 jet fleet and is the only aircraft in the airline’s fleet to be painted with an exclusive black livery. “The all black livery, with silver fern motif and Koru on its tail, is to celebrate Air New Zealand’s long running sponsorship of the New Zealand Rugby Union and the All Blacks,” says Air New Zealand’s General Manager New Zealand Scott Carr. Air New Zealand has 14 of the 171 seat aircraft on order, which will be progressively introduced into the airline’s fleet from early February. “The first four will be delivered this year and the remaining ten progressively through until 2016, coinciding with the expiry of our current B737-300 aircraft leases,” says Mr Carr. The larger aircraft will enable Air New Zealand to increase capacity on routes that are beginning to face capacity constraints at some airports during peak times. The current 737 fleet is configured with 133 seats, with the larger domestic A320 aircraft increasing domestic jet capacity by almost 30%. “The aircraft will be completed in approximately three weeks before making its three day journey home via stops in Gander (Canada), Denver, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Samoa and then into Auckland in early February,” says Mr Carr. The interior for the new A320 fleet will mirror the recently revealed colour-scheme and materials being fitted into the airline’s new fleet of Boeing 777-300 aircraft, and includes LED mood lighting throughout the cabin. Mr Carr says the new fleet of A320s, together with the new fleet of B777-300s, will ensure Air New Zealand continues to have one of the youngest fleets in the world, and a world-beating product across the entire jet fleet.
Air New Zealand earlier today announced that it welcomed a new services from Guangzhou based China Southern Airlines into Auckland. Air NZ Deputy Chief Said “China Southern Airlines’ new initiative to operate a direct service between Guangzhou and Auckland is a positive development for New Zealand tourism industry as it will help generate additional visitor numbers from this important region of China.” The full media release from Air New Zealand can be read below: Air New Zealand welcomes new direct link from China Air New Zealand is welcoming news that Guangzhou based China Southern Airlines will begin a new direct service to Auckland early this year. Deputy Chief Executive Norm Thompson says China Southern Airlines’ new initiative to operate a direct service between Guangzhou and Auckland is a positive development for New Zealand tourism industry as it will help generate additional visitor numbers from this important region of China. “This new service complements Air New Zealand’s existing direct services between Auckland and both Shanghai and Beijing by opening up a third direct route which has not previously been available – and that can only be good for New Zealand tourism as a whole.” “We view this as a much more positive initiative than the previously mooted indirect service via Melbourne which would only have added to the congestion in the already over-serviced trans-Tasman market.” We look forward to welcoming China Southern Airlines to New Zealand and working cooperatively with all tourism operators to continue to grow visitor numbers from mainland China.
Air New Zealand today announced a new code share agreement with Virgin Atlantic that will allow for better routings between New Zealand and the United Kingdom for passengers of both carriers. The full media release from Air New Zealand can be read below: Air New Zealand Announces Code Sharing Agreement with Virgin Atlantic Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic have signed a code sharing agreement offering more flexibility and choice on routings between the UK and New Zealand for both carriers’ passengers. This code share agreement follows a long history of interline cooperation, including a reciprocal Frequent Flyer Partnership between the two airlines, with passengers already travelling on routes between the UK and New Zealand on each others’ services. Both airlines offer highly complementary products and services and a seamless transfer experience for customers making connections across their networks. Air New Zealand’s Business Premier seat has a version of Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suite so passengers can enjoy the same award winning comfort when flying on both carriers. “This new code share agreement provides yet further connectivity options for our customers as well as providing important connectivity for Virgin Atlantic customers to New Zealand and also the Cook Islands,” says Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand. “We are thrilled to announce this new code share with Air New Zealand,” says Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic. “With award winning Business Class and Premium Economy products along with the excellent service onboard, both airlines complement each other perfectly and we are sure that passengers will enjoy the advantages of this new partnership.” Passengers will be able to book with Virgin Atlantic to travel on connecting journeys on the following Air New Zealand routes using Virgin’s VS flight code: Los Angeles – Rarotonga San Francisco – Auckland Sydney – Auckland Sydney – Christchurch Sydney – Wellington Auckland – Christchurch Auckland – Wellington Auckland -Queenstown Auckland – Rarotonga Air New Zealand’s passengers will be able to book on Virgin Atlantic’s services between London Heathrow and San Francisco and between Hong Kong and Sydney for connecting journeys using Air New Zealand’s NZ flight code. The two carriers expect the code share to come into force on 28 February 2011 after obtaining the relevant government approvals.
The big news in the airline world today is that Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand intend to seek regulatory approval to join forces and create an alliance on the Trans Tasman route (Australia to New Zealand) The proposed agreement would see the following: Code sharing of all Tasman flights by either airline Code sharing of Australian Domestic sectors as part of a connecting Tasman trip Code sharing of New Zealand Domestic sectors as part of a connecting Tasman trip A revenue allocation agreement The creation of a joint Trans Tasman network planning and revenue management team involving members from both airlines Reciprocal Frequent Flyer benefits for members of both airlines Airline lounge Co-operation agreement providing reciprocal lounge access to members of both airlines lounge members. This is really big news considering both airlines have recently received a battering on this route by the Qantas owned budget carrier Jetstar. No details about when the Virgin Blue Air New Zealand alliance is planned to start once approval has been given.
Air New Zealand has released the following information in relation to candled flights and schedule changes due to Volcanic Ash from the Iceland Volcano Eruption. Monday 19 April 2010 – updated at 9.30am NATS advises that the current airspace restrictions across UK controlled airspace due to the volcanic ash cloud will remain in place until at least 6am Tuesday 20 April (NZ time). As a result: Tonight’s NZ2 service to Los Angeles and London will terminate at Los Angeles. Tonight’s NZ39 service to Hong Kong and London will terminate at Hong Kong. NZ1 from London to Los Angeles and Auckland due to depart Monday afternoon (UK time) is provisionally planned to operate however a further update will be made at approx 0930hrs 19 April (UK time). Air New Zealand continues to strongly advise passengers with travel plans to affected parts of the UK and Europe to NOT commence their travel today. This applies to any Air New Zealand service and any connecting flight on another carrier to affected parts of UK / Europe. Should passengers still decide to travel and there are disruptions to their plans, costs incurred will be at their expense. In addition, Air New Zealand has been informed there is little to no available accommodation in stop over points like Los Angeles or Hong Kong. Passengers may defer their travel to another Air New Zealand flight without penalty. Those who no longer wish to travel can apply for a full refund. Customers should continue to check the Air New Zealand website for regular updates, call 0800 737 000 (within New Zealand only, if outside of New Zealand go to Contact Us) or check with their travel agent. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Air New Zealand has announced that it will increase its domestic seat capacity due to recent strong load capacity and upcoming events which include the Rugby World Cup 2010. Overall Air New Zealand will increase capacity to 10.5% by January 2011, as well as a temporary increase of 26% for the duration of the 2010 Rugby World Cup. The increased capacity will be brought about with the arrival of Air New Zealand’s Airbus A320 fleet and an extension to an existing Boeing 737 lease. The full media release from Air New Zealand can be read below: Air New Zealand will be significantly increasing domestic seat capacity due to growing demand and the expected impact of the Rugby World Cup from January next year. Air New Zealand General Manager Domestic Airline John Whittaker says the national carrier has been achieving very strong load factors on its domestic jet network, with January 2010 seeing the airline’s highest load factor on record. “2011 promises to be a bumper year in New Zealand as the country creates a festival of events spanning 12 months, including arts, culture and sport, to leverage its hosting of the Rugby World Cup,” says Mr Whittaker. “The additional capacity increase will also enable us to offer even more low airfares to our customers.” Air New Zealand will be increasing its capacity overall by 10.5% on its domestic jet network from January 2011. “We will be increasing this again later in the year to 26% additional capacity for the duration of the World Cup, in response to the forecast demand from both Kiwis and overseas travellers,” says Mr Whittaker. The additional capacity will be achieved by the arrival of its new Airbus A320 fleet, plus the national carrier is extending the lease of one of its Boeing 737s by an additional eight months. The new A320 aircraft will be configured with 171 seats, which is significantly more than the current domestic jet fleet of Boeing 737s which are configured with 133 seats.