Air New Zealand New Boeing 787s Delayed

Air New Zealand has said that its new batch of 787 Dreamliners will be delayed until the middle of 2025 amid manufacturing issues.

Air New Zealand’s plan to move towards only Boeing 787s for its long-haul fleet will be delayed as delivery for new 787s is pushed back.

As part of the company announcing its 2024 interim results, the airline said Boeing informed that the first of a new batch of Dreamliners would no longer arrive on time.

Thanks to the latest delay, the first aircraft is not expected to arrive until mid-2025. Additionally, this will mean the introduction of the innovative Skynest will also be delayed.

While the airline, per guidance, expects the first from a new batch of 787s to arrive in mid-2025, the reality that this could be delayed further is very present.

Across the ditch, Qantas announced delays to their A350-1000 deliveries by six months to early 2026. However, this delay could grow, given the continued manufacturing delays caused by bruised and beaten supply chains.

To mitigate some of the losses felt from the 787 delayed deliveries, the airline will introduce a dry lease 777-300ER in November. This 777-300ER will work alongside another unit expected to be acquired through a dry lease by the mid-way point of this year. The airline also says it’s in negotiations for a third aircraft.

While the airline is frustrated by these newfound delays, they say that the interior retrofit of the current 787 fleet does remain on track. Ultimately, this is one of the few positives from its outlook regarding aircraft.

Air New Zealand says it’ll continue to do everything in its power to ensure it offers a robust schedule to its customers. However, thanks to persistent aircraft-related difficulties, it has had a lot to deal with.

Airbus Groundings Hurt Air New Zealand

Alongside the latest delay to the new 787s, which the airline has been battling for a considerable period, the company has been hurt by the Pratt & Whitney engine crisis.

As a direct result, Air New Zealand has seen several aircraft across the Airbus A320neo family aircraft parked for lengthy periods. While the carrier has attempted to limit the capacity loss, it has ultimately been forced to make schedule adjustments.

Air New Zealand has been forced to ground its Airbus A321neos over a considerable period due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues
Air New Zealand Airbus A321neo wearing the ‘All Black’ livery.

The Pratt & Whitney crisis impacting the airline is another in a long string of aircraft difficulties Air New Zealand has been hurt by. The late-2010 Rolls Royce Trent 1000 difficulties that grounded many of its 787s primarily spurred on the aircraft problems.

The engine maintenance requirements for both Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce have seen our aircraft spend more time on the ground. While this is beyond our control, we are managing these issues with changes to our schedule and additional leased aircraft.

Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran

Looking Ahead

Ar New Zealand published its outlook for 2024 based on trading updates and forecasts. That outlook for the second half of 2024 will see performance considerably lower than the first half.

The airline cites the aforementioned economic and operational conditions, which have rapidly deteriorated over recent months and will now hurt in the year’s second half.

Additionally, the airline faces increased competition from airlines such as United Airlines, among others within the US, who have recently expanded significantly towards New Zealand.

Daniel Fowkes
23 Feb 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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