Leanne Geraghty, Air New Zealand’s chief customer and sales officer, says the new aircraft is a welcome sign that the airline is doing what it does best – keeping Kiwis connected through additional capacity.
“We are focused on expanding our domestic network and this A321neo is specifically configured for domestic flights to add almost 50 additional seats per flight compared to our A320s.”
“Our customers have told us that it is incredibly important to leave on time and get to their destination on time. With the exciting launch of the larger domestic aircraft, the A321neo, we are beginning boarding five minutes early and are encouraging all customers to be at the gate ready for boarding at least 15 minutes prior to departure to ensure on-time departure.”
The new aircraft will be undergoing five days of pre-duty in the Auckland hangars before embarking on its maiden flight from Auckland to Wellington on November 8th.
The new aircraft is the first of two new A321neos to join our domestic fleet this year. The second will arrive later this year and will feature Air New Zealand’s world-first Star Alliance black livery. Three more A321neos are expected to arrive next year, with the last two planned for 2026.
The A321neos will mainly fly between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
Air New Zealand has an average fleet age of 7.3 years, making it one of the youngest and most efficient fleets in the world.