Air New Zealand Doubles Premium Economy Offerings

Dépèche transmise le 17 avril 2009 par Business Wire

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If you’re looking for extra legroom, Air New Zealand is the place to be. The airline has announced plans to double the number of Pacific Premium Economy seats available on its 777-200ER fleet, with the first of the newly configured aircraft re-entering service next week.

Air New Zealand’s Pacific Premium Economy cabin offers international travelers a taste of affordable luxury, bridging the gap between Economy and Business class. Premium Economy customers enjoy business class style food and beverage and amenities, with nine inches of seat recline and additional legroom. The new configuration will enhance the experience, introducing even more legroom, increased seat pitch and a new self-service bar area.

Air New Zealand’s Pacific Premium Economy class was recently nominated for Condé Nast Traveller’s annual “Best Innovation and Design Award.” Award judge and top UK travel writer, Simon Calder, praised the airline’s offering, stating “Air New Zealand shows kindness to the masses with its premium economy class, which is 'business-light’ rather than economy-plus.”

“Pacific Premium Economy has been hugely popular since its introduction in 2005,” says Roger Poulton, Air New Zealand Vice President – The Americas. “Despite the challenging economic environment, long-haul customers clearly value the experience and are happy to pay more for the superior legroom, personal space and business class-style service.”

Air New Zealand is currently offering a 40% reduction on all Pacific Premium Economy fares from the U.S. to New Zealand and Australia, with a roundtrip from Los Angeles to Auckland starting from $2,279 (USD).

Air New Zealand introduced the 777-200ER into its fleet nearly four years ago. The aircraft operates long haul routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland.

About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Vancouver to New Zealand, as well as Los Angeles non-stop to the Cook Islands and Samoa. Other popular destinations include Australia, China, Japan and Tonga. In addition to flying non-stop Los Angeles-London, Air New Zealand's newest route, between London and Hong Kong, now allows customers to fly round-the-world on one airline. Consistently rated among the world's best international airlines, Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include recognition by the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards and Business Traveler Magazine. United Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan members earn and redeem mileage on select flights. Flight and vacation essentials can be booked on AirNewZealand.com. Flight and vacation bookings can also be made by calling 1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in Canada.

For more information, please visit www.airnewzealand.com

Business Wire

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