14-Jun-2018 11:41 AM

Air New Zealand A321neo fleet to offer 25% more seats on carrier's trans Tasman services

Air New Zealand, via its 2018 Investor Day release, reported (13-Jun-2018) its medium term outlook for network growth is 5% to 7%. The carrier expects growth of around 5% in 2018, and 5% to 7% for the 2019 to 2021 period. Air New Zealand is looking at larger gauge aircraft to support future domestic jet growth. The carrier projected it could configure its incoming A321neo aircraft for trans Tasman flights with 214 seats (including 42 Space Plus seats), compared to 171 seats on its existing A320ceo aircraft fleet, an increase of 25%. Advantages of larger aircraft on domestic services would include: more efficient growth of premium domestic traffic during peak demand, and; a cost advantage over LCC competition. The carrier's new A320 and A321neo aircraft are due to be operational from late 2018. [more - original PR]

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