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.