Air New Zealand has brought forward the delivery of two Airbus A320s as part of a plan to increase the efficiency of its fleet.
The Star Alliance carrier says it signed an agreement with Airbus last November to bring forward the delivery of two of the remaining 10 A320s it has on order, with the aircraft now due to arrive in June and July this year.
The accelerated delivery of the two aircraft is part of the airline's plan to gain an additional NZ$35 million ($29 million) in cost savings from improved fleet efficiencies as the A320s will replace its ageing Boeing 737-300s used on its domestic services.
The airline already has 17 A320s in service which are used on domestic and trans-Tasman services. The new aircraft being delivered are progressively replacing the airline's remaining 12 737s.
Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that Air New Zealand will take delivery of four A320s in 2014 and two each in 2015 and 2016 to complete a 2009 order for 14 of the type.
All of Air New Zealand's A320s are powered by International Aero Engines V2500 engines.
Air New Zealand also has orders for 10 787-9s and five ATR 72-600 turboprops.