Air New Zealand has finalized an order with
Boeing for eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes valued at $2.7
billion at list prices.
Deliveries of the new aircraft are expected to
begin in 2022.
The deal includes options to increase the number of
aircraft from eight up to twenty, and substitution rights that allow a
switch from the larger 787-10 to smaller 787-9s, or a combination
of the two models for future fleet and network flexibility.
"This is an exciting decision for our business and our customers
as we deliver on our commitment to grow our business sustainably.
With the 787-10 offering around 15 percent 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," said Air New Zealand Chief Executive
Officer, Christopher Luxon.
As the largest member of the
Dreamliner family, the
787-10 is 224 feet long (68 meters) and can seat up to 330
passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more
than the 787-9.
"Air New Zealand has made very
strategic investments in advanced widebody aircraft to build on
its status as a leading global carrier connecting the South
Pacific with Asia and the Americas. We are very honored that Air
New Zealand has selected to add the 787-10 and its unique
capabilities to complement its long-haul fleet of 777 and 787-9
airplanes," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of
Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company.
Zealand was a global launch customer for the 787-9 and today
operates 13 of the Dreamliner variant. With another 787-9 on the
way and the 787-10 airplanes in the future, the airline's
Dreamliner fleet is on track to grow to 22.
The new Dreamliner aircraft will replace
Air New Zealand's fleet of eight 777-200ERs.
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