Air New Zealand announced that Auckland-Perth will be the first scheduled route for its new Boeing 787-9.

 
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New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Fri, Nov 8, 2013

Air New Zealand announced Auckland-Perth will be the first scheduled route ever operated by the new Boeing 787-9 when the airline takes delivery of the aircraft next year. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon made the announcement at the official opening of the airlineOs Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Auckland on Nov. 7. A feature of the center is the only Boeing 787-9 full cabin interior outside the factory in Seattle. This interactive interior experience showcases each of the three 787-9 cabin environments: Business Premier; Premium Economy; and Economy [ETH] including the unique Kiwi designed Economy Skycouch. The airline has confirmed an 18 lie flat seat Business Premier zone in a herringbone layout and a separate 21 seat Premium Economy cabin in a 2-3-2 configuration, each with its own dedicated bathroom facilities. The two Economy cabins will accommodate 263 passengers, including 14 Skycouch rows. All customers will benefit from the Boeing 787-9s larger windows, cleaner cabin air, higher humidity and lower relative cabin pressure. Mr. Luxon says the 787-9 dedicated routes to follow Auckland-Perth (which is operated as part of its trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia) will be Auckland-Tokyo and Auckland-Shanghai, meaning the airline will be offering lie flat Business Premier seating and the unique Economy Skycouch to even more long haul destinations. Boeing said...

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