Air New Zealand Flies B787-9 Dreamliner

It’s been announced: Next year, Air New Zealand will fly the B787-9 between Perth and Auckland. The inaugural route took place on October 15. The airline expects to use the aircraft for its Auckland-Tokyo and Auckland-Shanghai routes, too. The Auckland-Perth service is a part of the trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia.

Air New Zealand’s B787-9 will have a Business Premiere zone with 18 lie-flat seats in a herringbone layout, as well as 21 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. With 2 cabins, the Economy class will accommodate 263 passengers behind the 14 Skycouch rows.

The Boeing 787-9 has larger windows, cleaner cabin air, lower relative cabin pressure and higher humidity.

Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand announced, “This centre provides a focal point to bring life to the best of Kiwi ingenuity and we will also make it available as a venue for like minded Kiwi business to use”

The centre, containing the only B787-9 full cabin interior, showcased each of the aircraft’s three cabin at Boeing’s factory just outside of Seattle.

On October 15, customers of Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are able to book on the 787-9 service between Auckland and Perth on airnewzealand.com and virginaustralia.com.