FARNBOROUGH: Air New Zealand ponders premium options for Tasman

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Air New Zealand is considering the option of adding business class or premium economy to its trans-Tasman routes in the coming years.

At present, the carrier’s flights between the east coast of Australia and New Zealand are operated with all-economy-configured A320s. In June, the airline placed an order for 10 re-engined A320neos and three A321neos to replace its trans-Tasman fleet, raising the prospect that the airline could reintroduce a premium class on those services.

“We’re having a look right now at what is going to be the right sort of product for that market and we haven’t made those decisions,” Victoria Bamford, the airline’s head of aircraft interiors and customer experience, tells Flightglobal.

“We are certainly talking about what should we be doing – business class or a premium economy – but we haven’t decided yet,” she adds.

Air NZ operates in an alliance with Virgin Australia on trans-Tasman services. The Australian carrier has added business class to most of its flights, including those to New Zealand.