Air New Zealand's seventh A320 aircraft arrives in Auckland tomorrow evening, marking the completion of the airline's initial round of scheduled deliveries from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. No further deliveries are planned until September 2004 with the 15th aircraft scheduled to arrive early 2006.
The A320 aircraft will progressively replace Air New Zealand's Boeing 767-200 aircraft and nine Boeing 737-300 aircraft which will be eventually retired from the fleet. To date one B737 has been retired and a second is due out of service next week.
The additional aircraft have supported the increased services provided by
Air New Zealand since November 2003, in particular on the airline's trans-Tasman routes.
Air New Zealand announced further significant increases in capacity this week - some additional 100,000 seats per year will be available across the Tasman from 2 July 2004.
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