May 22, 2022

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Air New Zealand is retiring its entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet

Air New Zealand is retiring its entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet

As part of its financial and operational restructuring, Air New Zealand is preparing for the full retirement of seven Boeing 777-300ERs by an average of 7 years by 2027. Dreamliner family.

The announcement comes in the wake of the airline’s financial results for 2021, in which they recorded losses of NZ $ 440 million. The epidemic continues to affect international flights in New Zealand and a slow recovery is expected, in addition the country has closed its borders and its travel bubble with Australia has been suspended due to the detection of COVID-19 cases.

In 2020, Air New Zealand pre-retired eight aircraft of the 777in-200ER variant, indicating a loss of NZ $ 338 million.

The Boeing 777-300ER replaced the Boeing 747-400 in 2011 and used one of its best routes in Auckland – Los Angeles – London Heathrow, but in 2020 Air New Zealand strictly canceled its flights to the British capital.

Air New Zealand will replace its total Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the current line of 8 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. The arrival of the first aircraft is scheduled for 2024, when Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will begin to retire from 2025, initially completing the process until 2027 with two models, completing 22 years of operations with the 77-year-old family.

The early Boeing 787-10 order Boeing 777-200ER was scheduled to retire but the Covid-19 epidemic plans were forced to change and simplify its long-distance fleet with Dreamliners.

Ways to operate a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft before an outbreak:

  • Auckland – Los Angeles – London Heathrow
  • Auckland – Los Angeles
  • Auckland – San Francisco
  • Auckland – Houston

Air New Zealand has partnered with Boeing to increase the emtway of the Boeing 787-10s so that they can operate freight routes between Auckland – Los Angeles and Auckland – San Francisco. The airline will facilitate its fleet with four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Airbus A320ceo / neo, ATR and Bombardier Q Series models.

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate its international destinations with its trunk routes in North America, Asia and Australia. The -9 variant will be used for its long routes such as Houston and Vancouver and for rare routes in Asia on networks such as Seoul and Taipei. On the other hand, the Boeing 787-10 will be responsible for operating major routes in Asia and North America such as Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With an integrated fleet, the airline will have significant savings in maintenance, team training and flight operations.

New generation business class

With the arrival of the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the airline is making its debut in the new generation business class Chief of Business, Expect a section Business Plus The airline will offer a business class seat more than the rest of the competition. Air New Zealand became the first Dreamliner operator to build its business class seats in the 1-1-1 line. Cabin alignment of Boeing 787-9 is expected after 2023.