Air New Zealand finalizes an order for eight Boeing 787-10 aircraft with options for additional 12 Dreamliners.
Air New Zealand finalizes an order announced in May with the Seattle-based company for eight Boeing 787-10 aircraft valued at $2.7 billion at list prices. The airline took options for additional 12 Dreamliners as well as substitution rights that allow a switch from the larger Boeing 787-10 to smaller 787-9s, or a combination of the two models for future fleet and network flexibility. Though, Air New Zealand strategy seems to support the need of big capacity aircraft as explains the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon: “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”. Indeed the largest version of the Dreamliner family is 68 meters long (224 feet) and can seat up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9. The Boeing 787-10s will replace Air New Zealand's fleet of eight 777-200ERs and join the airline’s 787-9 Dreamliners fleet of currently thirteen but soon fourteen aircraft. The New Zealander flagship airline will integrate the new aircraft version to its Boeing dedicated long range fleet from 2022.