Air New Zealand is set to receive its first two Airbus A321neo aircraft in November 2018.
The type is expected to enter service on the Auckland-Sydney route on 12 November, followed by Auckland-Gold Coast a day later.
The airline has seven of the type on order (plus six A320neo) to complement and replace its older ceo models on its domestic and trans-Tasman routes.
The first Air New Zealand A320neo is expected in February 2019, with deliveries scheduled until 2024 of this initial 13 aircraft order.
The first two aircraft will be registered ZK-NNA and ZK-NNB respectively.
Air New Zealand has announced its initial A321neo route list, as follows:
Auckland – Apia 28DEC18
Auckland – Brisbane 18NOV18
Auckland – Gold Coast 13NOV18
Auckland – Melbourne 25NOV18
Auckland – Nadi 30JAN19
Auckland – Nuku’Alofa 18DEC18
Auckland – Sydney 12NOV18
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the arrival of the new fleet is a significant step in the airline’s short haul strategy.
“Australia and the Pacific Islands are a vitally important part of our Pacific Rim network. We operate up to 240 services each week with our Airbus narrow body aircraft. These new aircraft are key to enabling us to grow our short haul network while offering our customers a great inflight experience,” says Mr Luxon.