Air New Zealand has ordered 14 Airbus A320
aircraft to replace its existing domestic fleet of 15 Boeing
737-300s. The aircraft will be powered by IAE engines.
The A320, which is larger than the aircraft type
it will replace, will enable Air New Zealand to increase capacity
on routes that are starting to face capacity constraints at some
airports during peak times.
Air New Zealand has also placed
purchase options for a further 11 A320 aircraft, including the
possibility of selecting the larger A321.
"Our 12 Airbus A320s already deployed on short
haul international routes are performing well, and moving to one
single-aisle aircraft type for both domestic and short haul
international routes will immediately deliver added efficiencies
in maintenance, crew training, and overall fleet simplification,"
said Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand General Manager Short Haul
The A320 Family, which includes the
A318, A319, A320 and A321 features fly-by-wire controls and
all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the
More than 6,400 Airbus A320 Family
aircraft have been sold to more than 300 customers and
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