More Premium Economy Seats, New Self-Service Bar On Air New Zealand’s B777s

Air New Zealand has begun an improvement program to the Pacific Premium Economy cabin onboard its fleet of 8 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. The first aircraft is currently being refitted in Auckland to accomodate more seats and a new self-service bar for premium passengers, while the remaining 7 jets are expected to be refitted by June 2009.


The new Pacific Premium Economy cabin is located between the Business Premier and Pacific Economy cabins, and will feature 36 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. Passengers enjoy greater legroom with seat pitch increased to 41 inches, together with a leg rest, foot bar and 50% more recline than in Pacific Economy to ensure optimal comfort. The seat is equipped with in-seat power supply and a 8.4-inch high resolution personal screen from which passengers can enjoy Air New Zealand’s KiaOra inflight entertainment system.


The airline is also adding a new self-service bar onboard for premium passengers, offering drinks and snacks on long-haul routes operated by the Boeing 777. The bar complements the selection of New Zealand food and beverages offered to passengers, including the country’s wines and 42 Below vodka cocktails.


From its base at Auckland, Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-200ER aircraft operate flights to Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai and Tokyo. The airline’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft currently feature 39 Pacific Premium Economy seats.

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