With more seats and better fuel efficiency for long distance flights
Boeing and Air New Zealand have announced the airline plans to add the largest 787 Dreamliner model to its world-class fleet with a commitment to buy eight 787-10 airplanes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices.
The carrier, known for its global network and long-range operations, says the 787-10 complements its current 787-9 and 777 fleet by offering more seats and greater efficiency to grow its business.
Said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon: "This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering around 15% 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."
The 787-10 is the largest member of the super-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliner family.
At 224 feet long (68 meters), the 787-10 can serve up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9 airplane.
Powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design, the 787-10 set a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics when it entered commercial service last year.
The airplane allows operators to achieve 25% better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes.
Air New Zealand was a global launch customer for the 787-9 and today already operates 13 of the Dreamliner variant.
Air New Zealand also utilizes a number of Boeing Global Services solutions, including Airplane Health Management.
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