28 Sep 2013

Air NZ says Dreamliners a 'game changer'

9:48 pm on 28 September 2013

Air New Zealand says the arrival of new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aeroplanes next year will be a game changer for the airline.

Air New Zealand is spending $1.8 billion on 10 of the new planes, which use 20% less fuel and carry 40 more passengers than the Boeing 747.

The new planes require much less maintenance, resulting in the loss of 180 engineering and maintenance jobs in Auckland.

Chief executive Christopher Luxon says the Dreamliner has so far completed five successful test-flights.

Mr Luxon says he has flown on the new plane, which offers a much better customer experience as well.