Air New Zealand’s All Black A320 Touches Down At LAX Airport


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Air New Zealand’s All Black A320 Touches Down At LAX Airport

By Daniel Baxter

February 1, 2011 - Air New Zealand’s new A320 in the new All Black Livery touched down at LAX on Sunday during its delivery flight on the way from France to New Zealand. This distinctive new plane will operate on domestic New Zealand routes from February.  

The aircraft with it’s newly painted all black livery, recently flew from Airbus' manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France, to Hamburg, Germany where cabin interior fit-out is now nearing completion. The aircraft is the first of Air New Zealand's new domestic Airbus A320 jet fleet and is the only aircraft in the airline's fleet to be painted with an exclusive black livery. 

"The all black livery, with silver fern motif and Koru on its tail, is to celebrate Air New Zealand's long running sponsorship of the New Zealand Rugby Union and the All Blacks," says Air New Zealand's General Manager New Zealand Scott Carr. 

Air New Zealand has 14 of the 171 seat aircraft on order, which will be progressively introduced into the airline's fleet from early February. "The first four will be delivered this year and the remaining ten progressively through until 2016, coinciding with the expiry of our current B737-300 aircraft leases," says Carr. 

The larger aircraft will enable Air New Zealand to increase capacity on routes that are beginning to face capacity constraints at some airports during peak times. The current 737 fleet is configured with 133 seats, with the larger domestic A320 aircraft increasing domestic jet capacity by almost 30%. The aircraft was one a three day journey with stops in Gander (Canada), Denver, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Samoa and then it will fly to Auckland in early February. 

The interior for the new A320 fleet will mirror the recently revealed color-scheme and materials being fitted into the airline's new fleet of Boeing 777-300 aircraft, and includes LED mood lighting throughout the cabin. Carr says the new fleet of A320s, together with the new fleet of B777-300s, will ensure Air New Zealand continues to have one of the youngest fleets in the world, and a world-beating product across the entire jet fleet. 

Air New Zealand Limited is the national airline and flag carrier of New Zealand. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, the airline operates scheduled passenger flights to 26 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations in 15 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and is currently the only airline to circumnavigate the world. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance global airline alliance, having joined in 1999.


Air New Zealand's route network focuses on Australasia and the South Pacific, with long-haul services to Asia, Europe and North America. The airline's main hub is Auckland Airport, located near Mangere in the southern part of the Auckland urban area. Air New Zealand is headquartered in a building called "The Hub", located 20 km (12 mi) away from Auckland Airport, in the Western Reclamation, central Auckland City.  

Air New Zealand originated in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), a flying boat company operating trans-Tasman flights between New Zealand and Australia. TEAL became wholly owned by the New Zealand government in 1965, whereupon it was renamed Air New Zealand.  

The airline was largely privatized in 1989, but returned to majority government ownership in 2001 after a failed tie up with Australian carrier Ansett Australia (when Ansett suffered financial issues and folded operations during that year). As of 2008, Air New Zealand carries 11.7 million passengers annually.


New Zealand's national airline operates a long-haul fleet consisting of Boeing 747, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aircraft on international routes. The carrier also utilizes a fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 airliners for short-haul operations.

Air New Zealand's regional subsidiaries, Air Nelson, Eagle Airways, Mount Cook Airline, operate additional short-haul New Zealand domestic services. Air New Zealand was rated the eighth best airline in the world by Skytrax in 2009, and awarded Airline of the Year in 2010 by the Air Transport World Global Airline Awards.

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