Key Points:

  • Air New Zealand confirms the purchase of two ATR 72-600s and two Airbus A321neos.

  • By 2028, the airline aims to operate a fleet of 111 aircraft, with new additions planned over the 2024-2028 period.

  • Carrier's 787-9s' business-class cabins will undergo upgrades beginning in 2025.

Air New Zealand Details Fleet Expansion Plans for 2024-2028

AUCKLAND — Air New Zealand unveiled its plans for fleet expansion in the coming years with the recent announcement of the purchase of two ATR 72-600s and two Airbus A321neos. These aircraft are set to join the airline's arsenal from 2024 onwards.

The order was disclosed in airline's financial results statement for the year ending 30 June 2023. The carrier reported a robust pre-tax profit of USD349 million fueled by significant revenue growth.

"In addition to our existing domestic Airbus A321neo orders, today we've announced the acquisition of two ATR turboprop aircraft dedicated for regional routes and two Airbus A321neos aimed at bolstering our international short-haul network. Moreover, we’re preparing for the inclusion of eight new Boeing 787 Dreamliners as we phase out our Boeing 777-300s," Greg Foran, Air New Zealand's chief executive elaborated on the order.
Detailing the upgrades, Foran revealed that the 787-9s' business-class cabins are slated for a revamp, with the first of the 14 airliners scheduled for retrofitting in 2025.

By 2028, Air New Zealand has its sights set on an impressive fleet of 111 aircraft. This includes the anticipated 22 787-9/10s, 35 members of the A320 family, 31 ATR 72s, and a steadfast 23 Q300s. The fleet, as of 30 June, comprised 106 planes, which encompassed a variety of models, from 777-300ERs to Bombardier Q300s.

Starting 2024, the airline is also set to lease another 777-300ER, which would bring the total count of this model to eight. Furthermore, every year from 2024 to 2028, the national carrier of the intends to introduce two 787-9s.