Air New Zealand has more doubled the number of business class and premium economy seats on its newest Boeing 787-9 jets, with the economy cabin shrinking from 263 seats to just 215.
Business class on the newest Dreamliners – the first of which joined the Kiwi carrier's fleet over the weekend – goes up from 18 of the lie-flat pods to 27, while premium economy is boosted from 21 seats to 33.
This first 'premium-ised' Boeing 787-9 is expected to take wing from October 15 between Auckland and Sydney, before moving to the daily NZ28/NZ29 Auckland-Houston flight in December 2017.
The total passenger count on the Kiwi carrier's revamped Boeing 787-9s will stand at 275 seats.
By comparison, Qantas' own Boeing 787-9 – which the airline will debut on Friday October 20 – will carry 236 passengers across business class (42 seats), premium economy (28 seats) and economy (166 seats).