Auckland, New Zealand - Today, Air New Zealand announced that it has converted an order commitment for eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners into a firm order.
The airline also said it chose GE Aviation’s GEnx-1B engines to power its new Dreamliners.
New Zealand's plans to acquire eight Boeing 787-10 was first revealed on May 29, 2019 with a press release published by Boeing .
The deal is valued at $2.7 billion at list prices.
With the arrival of the largest variant of the Dreamliner family, Air New Zealand will retire its older nine Boeing 777-200ERs in the fleet and launch new Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic long-haul routes.
The 787-10 is the largest member of the Dreamliner family. It is 224 feet long (68 meters), the 787-10 and can be configured to accommodate up to 330 passengers (40 more than the 787-9) in a two-class layout.
Thanks to its improved aerodynamics, composite materials used in the airframe and wings, and new generation engines, the 787-10 consumes up to %25 less fuel per seat compared with the older generation widebody jets.
Air New Zealand currenty operates 13 Boeing 787-9 and will receive the last copy by the end of this year.