New Zealand (ANZ) has confirmed longstanding expectations that it will replace
its Boeing 747-400s with Boeing 777-300ERs by placing orders for up to seven of
the twinjet type.
Star Alliance carrier’s CEO, Rob Fyfe, announced at a briefing in Auckland
today that four firm-ordered General Electric
GE90-powered 777-300ERs will be delivered “in parallel with” already ordered
Boeing 787-9s, between late 2010 and 2011. The purchase agreement with Boeing
also includes three 777-300ER options.
had long been expected to order 777-300ERs to replace its 747-400s and in 2004 secured
purchase rights for the stretched, longer-range 777 type when it ordered
777-200ERs. It says today that the four 777-300ERs are being ordered “based on
prices agreed in 2004, [which] represents a substantial discount to today’s
list price of $1.1 billion”.
says that once the 777-300ERs are in service and have replaced the carrier’s
747-400s, it will leave ANZ with a fleet entirely made up of twin-engined
aircraft, around 2012.
eight 747-400s have been the mainstay of our long-haul fleet for almost 18
years and have proven to be a real workhorse for the airline,” says Fyfe.
the Boeing 787-9 and 777 aircraft are much better suited to Air New Zealand’s
long-term growth strategy of serving new markets point-to-point, and offer
significant environmental benefits through higher fuel efficiency and reduced
adds that the 787s and 777-300ERs “will provide Air New Zealand with a solid
platform to realise its growth ambitions over the next decade, given their
ability to fly direct to regions like India, South America, Asia and deep into
China and North America”.
says he expects the carrier’s 777-300ERs will be fitted with between 40 and 50
more seats than its eight 313-seat 777-200ERs.
has eight 787-9s on firm order. It still has 23 purchase rights for 777
aircraft as well as eight 787 options and eight 787 purchase rights.