19-Sep-2012 9:42 AM

Air New Zealand invests in 777-200ER upgrade programme

Air New Zealand announced (19-Sep-2012) plans to invest more than NZD100 million (USD82.8 million) in upgrading its Boeing 777-200ER fleet to ensure it continues to provide innovative product and technologies to passengers. The upgrade will commence in 2Q2014 and will complete the upgrade of all eight aircraft in the following 12 months. Air New Zealand deputy CEO Norm Thompson said, "With the introduction of the 777-300ERs over the past 18 months and the arrival of the 787-9s in mid 2014, the 777-200ER fleet will be upgraded to align the product across all of the three long-haul fleet types." Air New Zealand's first 777-200ER aircraft entered into service with the airline in 2005. Air New Zealand selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation's eXLite IFEC Solution for the refit programme. [more - original PR - Air New Zealand] [more - original PR - Air New Zealand II]

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