Air New Zealand to order Boeing or Airbus jets to replace its 777-200s

Air New Zealand said to place orders with Boeing or Airbus in March or April 2019 to replace its eight 777-200s and eventually seven 777-300ERs.

According to chief financial officer Jeff McDowall, the airline is evaluating the information provided by Boeing and Airbus on Boeing 787, 777X and Airbus A350 in order to place fresh orders.

“We will be issuing an RFP next month and we then expect the discussions, the evaluation of all of that, the negotiations, to wrap up around come March/April next year, and the first aircraft to arrive in late ’22” McDowall said.

The carrier’s eight Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered 777-200s are 11-12 years old and 777-300ERs are between three and seven years old.


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