Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner To Fly To Australia
The Kiwi airline, Air New Zealand is expected to fly the first of its brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on the Perth-Auckland route. This move will increase the level of competition with Qantas on trans-Tasman routes.
A mock aircraft cabin was unveiled by the airline near the airline's Auckland headquarters which has been made by United States-based firm Zodiac. The seats are visibly slimmer than those on similar planes and a test revealed that passengers were able to work on laptops even in the tightest economy seats, something that is difficult to find on smaller planes used on Trans Tasman routes.
The aircraft will be fitted with 302 seats with 18 lie flat seats in the business premier cabin, 21 new design seats in premium economy and 263 in the two economy cabins.
Decision to introduce this flight was prompted by competition on the Tasman route as Jetstar received approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to start the first of its Dreamliners into service.
The first 787-8 plane of Jetstar, will be flown from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and Cairns for a month. Later it is planned to fly on the Melbourne-Bali run. Though the Jetstar airliner is shorter than Air New Zealand's model yet it is believed that it will prove to be a tough competition.
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