Air New Zealand has announced the airlines plans to purchase eight 787-10 airplanes to add to their current fleet which includes 787-9 and the 777. The 787-10 is the largest member of the Dreamliner family at 68 metres in length with 330 passenger seats – which is around 40 more than the 787-9 airplane.
“This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering around 15 percent more space for both customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow,” said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon. “The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-200 fleet.”
With the addition of the 787-10 airplanes and another 787-9, Air New Zealand will have a fleet of 22 Dreamliners. Air New Zealand will also utilise many Boeing Global Service Solutions, including Airplane Health Management which is a digital solution to assist in providing maintenance data to increase operational efficiency.
You can check out the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner First Flight in the video below.