Air New Zealand has confirmed today that the Auckland-San Francisco route will be the first to offer a guaranteed refitted 747 service featuring the airline's new long-haul in-flight product.
Guaranteed refitted aircraft will next be available on selected services between Auckland and Los Angeles, with London to follow.
While exact dates are yet to be announced, San Francisco is expected to be available by August, with Los Angeles and London on flights NZ1 and 2 by the end of the year.
Other guaranteed services, including to Tokyo, will be introduced as Air New Zealand's fleet of 747 aircraft are progressively refitted.
"Customers may enjoy the refitted 747s on an ad-hoc basis earlier than this, but to absolutely guarantee our new product on a return trip requires several refitted aircraft to be available," says Air New Zealand General Manager International Airline Ed Sims.
"The number of guaranteed routes will increase in line with the regular completion of refitted aircraft."
Business Premier will offer completely lie-flat sleeping, making Air New Zealand the only airline to offer such a bed at a business class price on flights into and out of this country.
The innovative design includes a comfortable, 22" wide leather armchair that converts into a 6ft 7.5" bed, an ottoman footrest that doubles as a visitor's seat, direct aisle access for all passengers, in-seat power and a high resolution 10.4" screen to view the on-demand entertainment system.
Pacific Premium Economy will feature seats with the largest pitch in its class at 39"-40" together with a generous seat width and on-demand entertainment on a personal 8.4" high resolution screen. Customers will also benefit from many of the comforts of the premium cabin including the same beverage service, LED mood cabin lighting and in-seat power for electrical devices.
It will make Air New Zealand the only airline to be offering premium economy seating on services to and from New Zealand.
Pacific Economy will feature on-demand entertainment with high resolution 8.4" in-seat video screens and retain its generous 34" seat pitch on 747 aircraft.
The refit of the seven 747-400 aircraft is expected to be completed by mid 2006.
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