Air N.Z. Slates 2005 Refit

Major cabin refit designed to create three new classes

Air New Zealand has stopped taking reservations for first class cabins aboard 747-400 aircraft for flights on or after June 10, 2005, as the airline embarks on a major cabin refit designed to create three new classes: a premium class combining first and business sections, a “super economy” section and a refurbished economy class. The booking restriction went into effect Oct. 18. Starting in mid-2005, Air New Zealand will launch the cabin refit on all 747 aircraft, beginning with first class. Included in the refit are new seats in all cabins, including lie-flat seats in the new premium class, a new on-demand entertainment system and upgraded food and beverage service.

Air New Zealand said the move affects a “small number” of passengers that the airline will notify directly or through their travel agents for rebooking. The refit is projected to cost $100 million and be completed by early 2006.

The airline’s eight new 777-200ER aircraft, which begin arriving in September 2005, will be equipped with the new features.