Air New Zealand is doubling the number of Pacific
Premium Economy seats available on its Boeing 777-200 ER fleet, with the
first of eight aircraft re-entering service this week after being
refitted at Technical Operations in Auckland.
All aircraft will be completed mid-June, with
the number of seats in the cabin increasing from 18 to 36, adding
72,000 Pacific Premium Economy seats annually to the long-haul
Air New Zealand Group General Manager
Long Haul Airline Ed Sims said, "Despite the
challenging economic environment, long-haul customers clearly
value the experience and are happy to pay more for the superior
legroom, personal space and business class-style service."
Air New Zealand is further enhancing the Pacific Premium Economy
experience by introducing more legroom with seat pitch increased
to 41 inches (from 38 inches) and a new self-service bar area for
customers travelling in premium cabins.
continue to enjoy nine inches of seat recline and business class
style food and beverage service and amenities.
It is the
third Pacific Premium Economy capacity increase in two years, with
Air New Zealand twice increasing the number of seats available on
its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, now up to 39 Pacific Premium Economy
Air New Zealand introduced the 777-200ER into its
fleet nearly four years ago. The aircraft operates long haul
routes from Auckland including Hong Kong-London, San Francisco,
Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and on selected Los Angles services.
The new 777-200ER seating configuration will be: Business
Premier 26, Pacific Premium Economy 36 and Pacific Economy 242
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