Air New Zealand have expressed interest in flying their newly ordered Boeing 787-9 aircraft on the Auckland – Perth route from late 2014. This will be the first scheduled service of the Boeing 787-9 into Australia and also will be the first carrier in the world to operate this variant.
Cuurently, Boeing 777-200ERs service this route.
Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon also emphasised the company’s aim to use the new aircraft as a growth vehicle in the Asia-Pacific.
“This modern, flexible, fuel efficient aircraft will not only replace our current fleet of 767s, it also represents a significant growth opportunity for our business and opens up the prospect of expanding our Pacific-Rim footprint,’’ Mr Luxon said.
This will be the 5th state of interest by airlines on flying to Perth with Boeing 787 aircraft. The current list :
-Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 – PER-DOH v.v
-Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 from 2016
-Jetstar Airways Boeing 787-8 PER-OOL v.v
-Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 PER-LON v.v