Auckland - Air New Zealand took possession of the first of eight Airbus A321neo ordered.

On November 1st, Air Lease Corporation ( ALC ) announced the delivery of the first A321neo to New Zealand's national carrier. The new A321neo of the Auckland-based carrier is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM engines and configured to accommodate 214 passengers.

The seats come with a 10-inch IFE screen, and a USB plug. Onboard broadband internet connection will also be available for all passengers.

From November 12, Air New Zealand plans to deploy its A321neo on routes between Auckland and Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia, and later Tonga, Samoa and Fiji in Pacific.

The Star Alliance company is expecting its second A321neo later this month, and the first of its six A320neo ordered in February 2019.

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said the arrival of the re-engineered single-aisles is a milestone in the improvement of its short and medium-haul network.

On November 1st, Air New Zealand also inaugurated a new line between Auckland and Taipei-Taoyuan, with three weekly rotations operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a tri-class configuration including Skycouch - Economy seats that can be turned into a couch after takeoff.

The airline plans to compete with Taiwanese carrier China Airlines on this route. New Zealand welcomes around 42,000 visitors each year from Taiwan.