The airline's in-flight product featuring lie-flat beds and a new premium economy section will be available on Auckland-San Francisco services from Sunday, 7 August 2005.

Boeing 747-400 services between Auckland, Los Angeles and London on flights NZ1 and NZ2 will be the next available from Saturday 5 November (Sunday 6 November for the flight departing London).

Pacific Premium Economy fares are available at an average 25% more than standard economy fares, with prices starting from $2,399 for Auckland to Los Angeles return, $2,499 return to San Francisco and $2,999 return to London.

Up until August the first refitted aircraft will be scheduled on these and other routes.

"We look forward to being able to introduce our new long-haul product full-time on the San Francisco route once we have our second refitted aircraft in service in August," says General Manager International Airline Ed Sims.

The refitted 747 aircraft will be configured with 36 Business Premier seats at the front of the main deck and a further 10 on the upper deck, 23 Pacific Premium Economy seats also on the upper deck and 324 Pacific Economy seats on the main deck.

"We fully anticipate demand for our new Pacific Premium Economy seating to grow and as such we are already reviewing longer-term opportunities to expand availability onto the 747's main deck," says Mr Sims.

Air New Zealand is the only airline to be offering premium economy seating on services to and from New Zealand.

The airline announced last week that from November it would double the number of flights it operates between Auckland and San Francisco from three to six return services per week.

The increased schedule will take effect from 29 November 2005 and begin utilising Air New Zealand's new Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which start to arrive later this year.




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