Today, Air New Zealand has signed contracts to buy 8 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, announced as a commitment in May 2019. The aircraft will be powered by GEnx-1B engines. At list prices, the order is valued at $2.7 billion.
“This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering around 15 percent more space for both customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow,” said Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon. “The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-200 fleet.”
The 787-10 is the largest member of the Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long (68 meters), the 787-10 can serve up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9 airplane. Powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design, the 787-10 allows operators to achieve 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes.
Air New Zealand was a global launch customer for the 787-9 and today operates 13 Dreamliners. With more 787s on the way, the airline’s Dreamliner fleet will grow to 22. Air New Zealand’s widebody fleet also includes 16 Boeing 777s (-200ER and -300ER), which are progressively replaced with 787s.