New A320s To Connect New Zealanders To The Tasman And Beyond

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Air New Zealand is welcoming the latest addition to its
fleet – a new Airbus A320neo that has made the 21,000km
journey from Toulouse, France.

“Our new A320 is a
welcome sign of international travel being just on the
horizon,” says AirNewZealand’s Chief Pilot Captain
David Morgan.

The new short-haul aircraft travelled
from France via Canada, Los Angeles, Honolulu and the Cook
Islands before touching down at Auckland Airport late last
night.

It’s the first of two new A320neo aircraft to
join the Air New Zealand fleet this month, with the second
plane expected to arrive late next week.

The aircraft,
which can seat up to 165 passengers, is also the first
A320neo to join our fleet since the end of 2019.

Air
New Zealand is asking Kiwis to get creative and help name
the new plane. Customers can put name suggestions forward by
visiting www.twitter.com/FlyAirNZ/status/1456008223153025024.

“It’s
welcome news, particularly in the context of the challenges
that Covid has brought upon our business.”

“It
won’t be sitting on the tarmac for long, before it’s
jetting out of Auckland across the Tasman and into the
Pacific Islands. We’re starting to gear up now so it’s a
tremendously exciting time for the team at Air New
Zealand.”

Captain Morgan says the new A320neos are
powered by an engine that is exceptionally quiet for
passengers and crew onboard. They also feature Wi-Fi to help
people stay connected and inflight entertainment so
customers can enjoy world-class movies, TV shows, music and
more during flights.

The aircraft also uses
significantly less fuel compared to older technology
aircraft.

“I’m personally excited about our future
with these airplanes. They’re going to deliver very
efficient and sustainable customer journeys.”

Air
New Zealand has an average fleet age of 6.7 years making it
one of the youngest and most efficient fleets in the
world.

The new plane is now going through a process to
get it ready for service in the coming
days.

“Someone is going to have an exciting day when
they jump into an airplane and whether they’re flying to
the Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, undoubtedly they’ll
notice – instead of new car smell – the new plane
smell.

“It will be quite a thrilling moment for
customers to fly on the first official flight in this
airplane.”

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