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Air New Zealand reveals Dreamliner routes and seating

June 27, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Shanghai and Tokyo will be key long-haul destinations for Air New Zealand’s new fleet of B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the carrier has announced – and Perth is on the schedule as well.

Perth is one of the intermediate-haul destinations Air NZ’s Dreamliners will serve, along with Honolulu and Papeete, the Manawatu Standard reported.

Air New Zealand is the launch-customer for the 787-9, the stretch version of Boeing’s Dreamliner. There have been delays, but the first of the New Zealand carrier’s 787-9s is set to emerge from Boeing’s Seattle plant next month.

Air New Zealand has already unveiled a new look for its aircraft. The fresh livery will adorn its whole fleet by the end of next year.

The new look coordinates the airline’s branding with that of Tourism New Zealand, eliminating the carrier’s famous teal-blueAIr NZ in favour of an iconic silver fern and a mainly black and white scheme. The carrier’s traditional koru design will stay on the tail but in white on black.

As for interior layout for the new 787-9s, an issued statement from Air New Zealand said:

“Given our 787-9’s will be multiple purpose aircraft – operating both long and mid haul sectors – we’ve put a lot of research effort into coming up with four distinct seating selections that meet the customer expectations across the markets it will serve.

“The Business Premier cabin will feature Air New Zealand’s signature chalk coloured luxurious leather armchair which converts to an indulgent lay flat bed complete with memory foam mattress, cosy duvet and two full size pillows.

“In the Premium Economy cabin the airline has worked with US seat designer Zodiac on a customised seat best described as Business-lite.  This comfortable ink coloured luxury leather seat will have a 41” pitch, a generous 5” wide armrest and a leg rest and extendable foot support which will allow passengers to really stretch out and relax.

“The Economy cabin will feature 16 rows of Air New Zealand’s unique and highly popular Kiwi designed Skycouch seats.  This is a row of three seats that converts into a sofa like flat surface for both rest and relaxation.

“The standard Economy seat in the 787-9 will be also be supplied by US manufacturer Zodiac and customised to Air New Zealand’s specifications including a slim line seat back to enhance the feeling of space, sculpted upholstering and a more flexible headrest.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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