Air New Zealand introduces Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Houston-Auckland route
With visitor numbers between North America and New Zealand continuing to grow, Air New Zealand has announced it will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft between Houston and Auckland year round from December 2017, with up to seven services per week during the peak season. The 787-9 will replace the Boeing 777-200ER that is now flying on the route.
Houston will be the first to see the new 787-9 configuration, which will offer a greater number of premium seating options for passengers.
The newest Dreamliner configuration increases the number of Business Premier seats from 21 to 27, and Premium Economy seats from 21 to 33. Seat pitch in economy and premium economy is also slightly improved compared to the model’s current layouts, with each getting about an inch extra space.
Air New Zealand started flying from Houston to Auckland, New Zealand in December 2015. The Houston flight has helped boost the number of visitors to New Zealand from the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast and south central U.S. by 24%, 29%, 11% and 30%, respectively.