Air New Zealand confirmed (25-Jun-2013) the primary long-haul destinations for its new fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft will be Shanghai and Tokyo, including mid-haul destinations Honolulu, Perth and Papeete. Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said the 787-9 is a game changer for the airline noting: "Given our 787-9s 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 seating selections are:
- Business Premier: The cabin will feature leather armchairs which convert to an 180 degree lay flat bed complete with memory foam mattress, duvet and two full size pillows;
- Premium Economy: The cabin offers a 41” pitch seat with a 5” wide armrest, leg rest and extendable foot support;
- Economy: The cabin will feature 16 rows of Skycouch seats. This is a row of three seats that converts into a sofa-like flat surface for rest and relaxation;
- Standard Economy: The cabin offers slim line seats, sculpted upholstery and a more flexible headrest.
Mr Luxon said the addition of the 787-9 to the fleet means the airline will be able to offer a consistent product experience across its long-haul fleet, and will see the Skycouch available on routes into Asia for the first time. [more - original PR]