Air New Zealand has celebrated the delivery of the airline's first A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The carrier has a number of firm orders for Airbus A320neo family aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which are intended for fleet renewal and anticipated short-haul route network growth.

"Air New Zealand has been a Pratt & Whitney customer for more than five decades, dating back to when its forerunner, Tasman Empire Airways Limited operated the Douglas DC-8 powered by the JT3D engine," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. "We're thrilled to expand our relationship with Air New Zealand and support their GTF-powered fleet, which will enable them to realise fuel savings and environmental benefits for years to come."

The aircraft, with the registration ZK-NNA, is the first of 13 new Airbus neo aircraft to join Air New Zealand's fleet and is expected to enter normal commercial service on November 23rd operating flight NZ739 from Auckland to Brisbane. The aircraft is painted in the airline’s iconic all black livery and has been configured with 214 passengers in a single-class layout.

Air New Zealand expects a second A321neo to enter normal service in the coming weeks, while the majority of the remaining aircraft on order will follow at regular intervals between now and the end of 2019, These new aircraft will eventually replace the airline's older A320s that currently operate various schedules across the Tasman and to the Pacific Islands. As more aircraft arrive, in total the airline has orders for 20 of the new engine option A320 family of aircraft, they will also be used on domestic routes.