Air New Zealand has to decide which aircraft type will replace its Boeing 777-200 fleet.
The airline currently operate 9 Boeing 777-200s which are more than 13 years old and ready for replacement.
National carrier of New Zealand has three main options – the Boeing 777X, the 787 Dreamliner or the Airbus A350.
Three models are;
Boeing 777x – powered by world’s largest GE9X engines, new composite wings with folding wing tips, greater cabin width, and a seating capacity up to 425 passengers. 777-9X has a range of more than 14,000km. and the second model, the 777-8X, will seat between 350-375 passengers and be able to fly more than 16,000km.
Unit cost USD 410.2 million for -8 and USD 442.2 million for -9
Boeing 787 – Powered by GEnx-1B / Trent 1000 engines, with a seating capacity up to 330 passengers, has a range up to 14,140 km
Unit cost: 787-8: US$248.3M, 787-9: $292.5M, and 787-10: $338.4M
Airbus A350 – Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, with a seating capacity unto 325 passengers, has a range up to 15000km and A350-900ULR has a range up to 18000km.
Unit cost: A350-900: US$317.4 million, A350-1000: US$366.5 million.
Air New Zealand has to make the decision before the end of June, while both Airbus and Boeing hope to win the contract.