WELLINGTON, Dec 8: Air New Zealand said Monday it had taken up options on an additional two Boeing 787-9s, which will increase its Dreamliner fleet to 12 by the end of 2018.
The carrier this year became the first to operate the 787-9 -- which has a longer range and takes more passengers than the original 787-8 -- and chief executive Christopher Luxon said it was an important part of Air New Zealand's growth plans.
"As the airline's commercial performance continues to improve, we are focussed on reinvesting our profits directly back into the business... to ensure the business remains strong and competitive," he said in a statement.
"Air New Zealand is very committed to the Boeing 787-9. The aircraft is a key component in our growth strategy."
Air New Zealand is currently operating three 787-9s, with nine more on order, including the two announced Monday. The airline said it had options on six more of the aircraft.
Luxon said he was "incredibly pleased" with the performance of the Dreamliners since they entered service.
"The aircraft is a game-changer for the airline, with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort through a raft of on-board technologies," he said..
Air New Zealand did not supply the cost of the extra two aircraft. ?Agencies