Boeing 787 Dreamliner News
Air New Zealand orders longer 787s
- 26 May 2019 -
Air New Zealand has signed a firm order for eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes, the largest version of the 787 family.
The agreement with Boeing also includes options for twelve more 787-10s, including substitution rights that allow a switch to smaller 787-9s or a combination of the two models for future fleet and network flexibility. The delivery schedule can also be delayed or accelerated depending on market demand.
The first 787-10 will join Air New Zealand's fleet in 2022, number eight in 2027. The newly ordered long-haul aircraft will replace the airline's current eight 777-200 aircraft, which will all be withdrawn from service by 2025. The carrier expects the GEnx-1B turbofan powered 787-10s will be 25 percent more fuel efficient than the aircraft they replace. That saves 190,000 tonnes of carbondioxide per year.
Air New Zealand was a global launch customer for the 787-9 and today operates 13 of this Dreamliner variant. With one more 787-9 to be delivered plus the newly ordered 787-10 airplanes, Air New Zealand's Dreamliner fleet will grow to 22. Air New Zealand's widebody fleet also includes seven 777-300ERs. (Image: Air New Zealand)