NZ’s new A321neo nears take-off

Air New Zealand’s first A321neo (new engine option) aircraft will enter commercial service in mid-November, with flights operated by the new aircraft now available for purchase.

The airline is investing in 13 Airbus neo aircraft (seven A321neos and six A320neos) to replace the A320 fleet that currently operates Tasman and Pacific Island services and a further seven Airbus A321neo for anticipated domestic network growth.

At current list prices, the combined value of the two aircraft orders is $2.8 billion.

The new cabin layout for the international aircraft will have 165 seats on board the A320neos while the longer A321neos will offer 214 seats – 46 more than the airline’s current international A320 fleet.

Seat maps can be viewed online by CLICKING HERE.

The fleet’s new-look cabin interior features New Zealand leather upholstered seats that are 3cm wider at the middle seat and 1cm wider on the aisle and window. Their slim-line and curved design means passengers sink further into the seat back creating up to 7% more usable space when compared with the equivalent pitch on the existing fleet.

Other enhancements include 25% more overhead locker space, a new Android based inflight entertainment system with a larger 10” screen; high power USB charging points and wifi.

New generation engines, combined with fuel efficient Sharklet wing tip devices are expected to deliver fuel savings of at least 15%.

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