Air New Zealand boosts Boeing 787 business class

Air New Zealand boosts Boeing 787 business class

Air New Zealand has more doubled the number of business class and premium economy seats on its newest Boeing 787-9 jets, with the economy cabin shrinking from 263 seats to just 215.

Business class on the newest Dreamliners – the first of which joined the Kiwi carrier's fleet over the weekend – goes up from 18 of the lie-flat pods to 27, while premium economy is boosted from 21 seats to 33.

This first 'premium-ised' Boeing 787-9 is expected to take wing from October 15 between Auckland and Sydney, before moving to the daily NZ28/NZ29 Auckland-Houston flight in December 2017.

The total passenger count on the Kiwi carrier's revamped Boeing 787-9s will stand at 275 seats.

By comparison, Qantas' own Boeing 787-9 – which the airline will debut on Friday October 20 – will carry 236 passengers across business class (42 seats), premium economy (28 seats) and economy (166 seats).

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
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