Air New Zealand to continue long-haul fleet expansion with Boeing's widebodies

Auckland, New Zealand - Air New Zealand will continue to expand its long-haul network with new widebody jets from Boeing.

Air New Zealand decided to grow its long-haul fleet with Boeing's new generation widebody jets. The airline was examining Boeing's 787 and 777X, and Airbus's A350 for its long-haul fleet expansion.

Air New Zealand currently operates only Boeing wide-body jets on long-haul routes (eight 777-200ER, eight 777-300ER, 13 787-9), and Airbus single-aisle jets on short and medium-haul routes (26, A320-200, 3 A320neo, five A321neo).

In the short term, the carrier considers Boeing 787s for the replacement of eight Boeing 777-200ER in the fleet. In the long-run, the newly developed Boeing 777Xs are planned to join the fleet of New Zealand's flag carrier.

The airline plans to deploy its new Boeing jettliners on longer routes such as Auckland-New York and Auckland-Brazil.

The aircraft orders should be placed in the next few months, according to Air New Zealand Finance Director Jeff McDowall.