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Air New Zealand to increase its premium seating offering

Tue Aug. 23rd 2016

Air New Zealand is to spend more than $100 million increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300 fleet in response to customer trends.

Increasing demand for premium travel means the three Dreamliners scheduled to be delivered from October 2017 will arrive with a fresh new cabin configuration that will increase the number of Business Premier seats from 18 to 27 and Premium Economy seats from 21 to 33.

From February 2017, Air New Zealand will be progressively refurbishing its fleet of seven Boeing 777-300 aircraft. This programme will see us make a number of enhancements, including refreshing the seating options onboard and installing the popular Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system customers already enjoy on board our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 777-200 fleets.

As part of this refurbishment the Premium Economy cabin will be updated to incorporate Air New Zealand’s luxury leather Premium Economy seat which first debuted on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and has proven to be extremely popular with customers.

The new Premium Economy seat will progressively replace the Spaceseat onboard our Boeing 777-300 aircraft and take the number of Premium Economy seats on this aircraft from 44 to 54. With these changes, we look forward to being able to offer a consistent Premium Economy product right across our long haul fleet.