Will Air New Zealand go for A350-900 and 777-8/9x order?

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Mis3Aviation HD

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 20 Feb 2017

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Air New Zealand needs to upgrade their 772 fleet what will they do? Will they go for A350-900 or 777-8x 

If they go for any of the 2 aircraft, will they consider the 777-9x? 

Martin Haynes

Member since 13 Sep 2016

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Seriously, this is a bit of a silly question. Unless anybody here is from Air New Zealand and cares to answer your question, all you'll get is ambit speculation which has little if any currency. That said, given that Air New Zealand flies an all-Boeing international fleet in the 777 and 787-9, it's only commonsense to expect they would go for a Boeing.

Speak

Member since 30 Dec 2014

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The oldest 777 in Air NZ's fleet is 12 years old. Incremental aircraft (if any) will be more 787s, while replacement of anything is a good 8-10+ years away.

GregXL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 26 May 2014

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They have 2 767s left.  It would be likely they will replace those with 787-9s soon. 

krisdude

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 21 Jan 2016

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Air NZ still has 3 789's on order with options for additional 6. There are no plans at this stage to purchase any new Boeing aircraft. The replacement review for the 772's in not due until late 2018 or 2019.

londoner

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 12 Jul 2016

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Air NZ still has 3 789's on order with options for additional 6. There are no plans at this stage to purchase any new Boeing aircraft. The replacement review for the 772's in not due until late 2018 or 2019.

Would appear to be Air NZ speaking here 

londoner

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 12 Jul 2016

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I suspect Boeing must have inside running given desire ANZ has rightly shown to reduce fleet types / variants.

As steer on replacement will be hinged on future destinations - could we see Air NZ examining ULR routes - NYC / Chicago / Toronto / Sao Paulo / Johannesburg.
The only miss step in my opinion Air NZ have made lately is getting rid of the super cool SPACESEATS 

StudiodeKadent

Member since 20 May 2015

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I don't know what they'll do. However, I think it is quite possible Air New Zealand will go for the A350.


The A350 will give them a replacement for all of their 777s (the 200ERs and 300ERs), with wider seats than Qantas (and we all know Air NZ makes quite a bit from Australian tourists connecting in AKL), and also has a ULR variant which could be used for flights to New York City and Abu Dhabi. 

I think the 777-9 is too much aircraft for Air NZ. In addition, NZ are going with Airbus on narrowbodies so I don't see them as a Boeing partisan. 

krisdude

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 21 Jan 2016

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AIr NZ is going to lease another B789 from 2019 making the B789 fleet to 13 aircraft. I suspect that Air NZ with 5 options still available, with make the B787's as their main fleet for international medium to long hauls routes backed up with B773's.

There is word that Air NZ, being the launch customer for the B789, is working with Boeing for a possible B787-9ER version to compete with the A350-900LR. Also Boeing is is pushing hard for Air NZ to use the B787-10.

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