Air New Zealand eyes North and South America with new ultra long range aircraft

    Air New Zealand announced it will begin reviewing options for its next widebody aircraft from the end of 2017 to service ultra long range routes into the North or South America (NZ Herald, 06-Jun-2017). Speaking at the IATA AGM in Cancun, Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon stated the aircraft which could be purchased include newer versions of the Boeing 787, a larger version of the A350 XWB, or the next generation of the 777 which is still under development and won’t be available until the 2020s. Mr Luxon continued, ”really our objective is to move deeper into North America and South America”.