Today, Air New Zealand have shared a video with Travel Talk NZ featuring the assembly process of their new Airbus A321neo with new engine option. It's fascinating seeing all the pieces coming together.
Air New Zealand airline formally took delivery of the aircraft on Wednesday in Germany and it departed the Airbus Delivery Centre at Finkenwerder, Hamburg at 9.00am Friday (local time).
The four-day journey will see the aircraft travel from Hamburg, Germany to Auckland, New Zealand via Oman, Kuala Lumpur and Cairns with nine staff on board in total. It’s expected to arrive in Auckland late on Monday evening (NZ time)
The aircraft has the tail registration ZK-NNA, and is the first of 13 new Airbus neo aircraft (seven A321neos and six A320neos) to join Air New Zealand’s fleet and is expected to enter commercial service on 23 November operating flight NZ739 from Auckland to Brisbane.
A second A321neo is also expected to enter service in the next few weeks, while the majority of the remaining aircraft will follow at intervals through until late 2019. This new fleet will ultimately replace Air New Zealand’s current A320s that operate Tasman and Pacific Island services.
A additional seven A321neos have been ordered for the domestic use and are expected to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.