Air New Zealand finalising Boeing 787 seating layout

By David Flynn, August 30 2012

Air New Zealand is closing on the final seating configuration of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, which is due to begin flying by mid-2014.

"Our first aircraft is due to be delivered in the first half of calendar year 2014 and we’re well advanced in specifying the interior fitout for that aircraft" Air NZ Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe said in a media briefing this morning.

"The fitout that we're looking to deploy is consistent with the fitout on our Boeing 777-300 today," Fyfye said of the airline's three-class Dreamliners, which will feature Business Premier business class, premium economy (using the airline's award-winning Spaceseat) and Economy.

AirNZ's Spaceseat is much more premium than economy

The Kiwi flag-carrier has signed up for 10 of Boeing's 787-9 model, which is a stretched version of the debut 787-8.

Boeing lists the 787-9 as capable of seating 250–290 passengers, but while some expected AirNZ's three-class config might lean towards the lower of those numbers, "we're still finalising the actual split between cabins, how many cattle-class seats we'll have on board and so on" Fyfe said. "It's just a matter of getting the balance right."

Air NZ says its first 10 Dreamliners will replace older Boeing 767-300ERs currently used on medium-haul international routes such as to Australia and Japan, as well as launching new long-haul routes.

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Noob

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Fyfe didn't actually refer to economy as cattle class did he? 

David

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He did! :)

modandm

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where did air nz release this media statement?  It doens't appear on their site.

Also what is the source that they will have at the low end of 250-280 seats.  From what I am aware with these aircraft aimed at leisure markets the config will be economy heavy.  I expect approx 22:24:250

 

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1. Rob Fyfe's comments came duting the media Q&A following AirNZ's release of its FY11-12 results, not as part of a press release.

2. The suggested 'low end of the 250-280 range' is merely an estimate based on AirNZ's existing classes. AirNZ are definitely crunching the numbers with an eye towards the tighter market and economy being a driver so they could opt to get a few extra rows of the 'cheap seats' down the back. We'll see how this shapes up very soon!


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