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Wed, 16 Oct 2019

Air New Zealand Launches Economy Stretch

Air New Zealand has launched Economy Stretch.

The airline is currently reconfiguring its Boeing 777-200, 777-300 and 787-9 aircraft to fit a stretch zone at the front of the Economy Class cabin, with up to 42 seats.

Despite being the same seat as in Economy Class, Economy Stretch will have a 35-inch seat pitch. This compares to Air New Zealand's standard Economy Class seat pitch of around 31 inches and 41 inches in Premium Economy.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 reg: ZK-NZF. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Air New Zealand's Chief Revenue Officer, Cam Wallace, said, "We know one size doesn't fit all and we want customers to have a fantastic experience, whatever the cabin. Economy customers told us they want more space and comfort and we're looking forward to giving customers a new option when travelling long haul. While our premium cabins will remain the first choice for those wanting all the luxuries, Economy Stretch is a step-up at a competitive price, and we're confident it will appeal."

Air New Zealand is currently installing an Economy Stretch zone across its widebody fleet with all aircraft to be reconfigured by late 2020.

The new product will be available for purchase from early next year and will be offered on all Air New Zealand operated long-haul flights from late 2020.

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