Air New Zealand has finally placed an order with Boeing for eight 787-10 airplanes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices, with an option to increase the number of aircraft to 20.
The carrier, dropped Rolls Royce engines and selected General Electric GEnx-1B engines to power the new set aircraft., after experiencing engine issues with its existing fleet of 13 787s, which are powered by Rolls Royce engines.
The first of these aircraft will join the Air New Zealand fleet in 2022.
The airline has been weighing options between Airbus (A350) and Boeing for the last 18 months and now confirmed placed an order with Boeing.
The 787s will replace its eight 777-200ERs, which leaves the carrier a fleet of all Boeing wide-body aircraft as well as Airbus A320 family jets for shorter flights.
Carrier will phase out 777-200ERS by 2025.