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Air New Zealand Orders 14 Airbus A320s

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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 Airline.

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 range.

More than 6,400 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold to more than 300 customers and operators worldwide.

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