Air New Zealand has pushed back the delivery of its first A320neo by a year, to the second half of 2018.
The carrier has disclosed the delay in an investor day presentation, meaning that the first A320neo will be delivered in July 2018, followed by the first A321neo in September of the same year.
As a result, the carrier will now take a total of six A320neo family aircraft in the fiscal year ending June 2019 – including four on operating leases. It will then take two more in the following year, one of which will be leased.
The delay will allow the A321neos to be fitted with a redesigned interior carrying 214 seats instead of the originally planned 209 seats.
The re-engined A320s and A321s will replace the carrier’s 12 A320s that are used on transtasman routes; because of this strategy the carrier has been forced to extend the leases of five A320ceos of its fleet.