Airbus A321-200neo delivery for Air New Zealand.
Air New Zealand has taken delivery of a brand new Airbus A321-200neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM engines, with aircraft leasing firm, Air Lease Corporation. This A321-200neo is the first one of five Airbus A320neo family aircraft the airline has on order from Air Lease which are scheduled to be delivered during 2019.
Commenting on the new arrival for Air New Zealand, on October 31st, Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation said: "This deal is part of a long history between Air Lease Corporation and Air New Zealand and we are pleased to announce this new A321-200neo delivery today. Air New Zealand is known for aviation excellence worldwide and this A321-200neo adds significant enhancements to the airline’s first-rate fleet.” Air New Zealand have configured the new aircraft with 214 seats - 46 more than the airline's current international A320 fleet in an all-economy arrangement.
Air New Zealand is part way through an expansion programme that which has seen the airline take delivery of a number of brand new aircraft as well as introducing new routes. The latest destination added to the carriers route network is Taipei (TPE), Taiwan, which launched on Thursday, November 1st.
The service is scheduled to operate three times each week from Auckland (AKL), on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, on the airlines new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. "We're excited to offer our customers a direct link between New Zealand and Taipei. Demand for the three days a week service has been strong, particularly around the Chinese New Year period." Said Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace, adding, "New Zealand already welcomes around 42,000 visitors annually from the Taiwan market and we expect this number will grow further. With a flight time of just over 11 hours, we also expect Kiwis will be keen to check out this new Asian destination."
Continuing its expansion programme, Air New Zealand will be adding two new services across the Tasman next month - between Queenstown (ZQN) and Brisbane (BNE), and Wellington (WLG) and Brisbane (BNE). The airline is also getting ready to launch its next long-haul route from Auckland (AKL), from November 30th the Kiwi carrier will operate its first scheduled service to the US city of Chicago (ORD).