Kiwi flag carrier unveils long-term plans for its roster as it continues to deal with the impact of the pandemic
Air New Zealand is continuing its strategy of fleet simplification as the company set out its long-term vision for changes to its roster during its annual results last week.
The Kiwi carrier expects to operate just two jet types by 2027 which include the Boeing 787 and Airbus A320. This means that its Boeing 777s, of which it currently owns seven examples, will be retired and replaced with the Dreamliner.
Its turboprop fleet – which includes the ATR72 and De Havilland Canada DHC-8-300 – will remain unchanged.
The firm says the changes are being made to “drive superior operating cost and capital expenditure outcomes”.
The strategy comes after a decision last September to ground its entire 777 fleet until at least September this year, but it has now been confirmed the twinjet will not be returning to flight long-term with the Auckland-based operator.
The 777s are the largest aircraft in Air New Zealand’s fleet and have operated most of the airline’s long-haul routes over the past 15 years.
The firm’s international schedule will be operated by the more fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, along with Airbus A320s and A320/21neos for trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes.