Auckland - The first Airbus A321neo for Air New Zealand, painted in traditional "All Black" livery will be deployed on routes to Australia and some Pacific islands from mid-November.

New Zealand's national airline has set November 12, 2018, as entry date into service. Air New Zealand's A321neos (seven in order) will be powered with Pratt & Whitney's 1110G engines and configured to accommodate 214 passengers in seats with a 10-inch IFE screen, a USB port, and wifi connectivity.

Airbus' re-engineered single-aisle aircraft will be deployed on routes to Australia (first Sydney, and then Brisbane and Melbourne), and later to Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

The arrival of the new A321neo is an important step in the airline's short-haul strategy,
said Christopher Luxon, the CEO of Star Alliance carrier.
Australia and the Pacific Islands are essential parts of our Pacific network. We operate up to 240 flights a week with our Airbus single-aisle aircraft, and the inclusion of improved single-aisles in the fleet will help us develop our short-haul network while providing an excellent flying experience.

Air New Zealand also expects the first of its six A320neo in February 2019. All A320neos of the airline will be delivered by the end of 2019 while the remaining seven A321neo aircraft will join the fleet between 2020 and 2024.