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Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the 787-9, the first of which is due to roll off the production line at Boeing in Seattle next month. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the 787-9 is a game changer for the airline.As expected they will predominantly replace the Boeing 767-319s on Shanghai, Papeete and Honolulu, but they will also replace the Boeing 777-219 on Tokyo and Perth.
• In the Premium Economy cabin the airline has worked with US seat designer Zodiac on a customised seat best described as Business-lite. This comfortable ink coloured luxury leather seat will have a 41” pitch, a generous 5” wide armrest and a leg rest and extendable foot support which will allow passengers to really stretch out and relax.Read more about the new seating arrangements on theflyingsocialnetwork HERE
The World Airline Awards are the global benchmark of airline excellence. The awards are determined each year by the Skytrax airline passenger satisfaction survey of more than 18 million airline passengers from over 160 countriesCheck out the Air New Zealand post at theflyingsocialnetwork HERE and the full list of Award Winners HERE
The agreement includes:Towards the bottom of the BAC announcement you see that the 10 year runway system agreement "provides certainty to the ongoing development of infrastructure at Brisbane Airport" which to me suggests Virgin have accepted the user pre-pay option for the second runway which has been a big sticking point with airlines until now. I also suspect that this will add some additional cost to tickets as Virgin pass on this cost to travelers.
- A series of major upgrades to the Virgin Australia-leased area at the Domestic Terminal including an expanded Virgin Australia lounge, new gate lounges to support the growing ATR Turboprop operations, expanded terminal seating areas and additional aerobridge gates for wide-bodied Airbus A330 aircraft;
- Ongoing runway access for the next 10 years and support for the development of the new parallel runway;
- The sale and lease-back of the Virgin Australia hangar at Brisbane Airport.
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Qantas’ low-cost offshoot, which takes delivery of Australia’s first 787 in late September, says that popular domestic routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to the Gold Coast and Cairns “are currently being considered”.Interestingly enough with the exception of Perth these are the destinations that JQ fly their international A330 services from, and the ports that will see the 787's when they transition over to the international routes.
The seat pitch will be comparable to Jetstar’s current A330 fleet – around 38 inches in business class and 31 inches in economy – says Jetstar’s 787 director Mark Dal Pra.Read more on the seating plans including inseat USB power, and gate-to-gate IFE at ausbt.com.au HERE