Air New Zealand Fleet Renewal Plans

Air New Zealand (ANZ) has issued a request for information (RFI) to both Airbus and Boeing with regard to replacing its current fleet of 16 Boeing 737-300s that are used on its domestic services. The RFI asks for information on the Airbus A320 family and different models of the B737. Following this, a request for proposals will be made and then the Star Alliance carrier’s board will select a winner by the end of 2009.
Currently ANZ operates 16 B737-300s, five that it owns, while 11 are being leased from various sources. It wants to begin taking delivery of its new aircraft in 2011 when the leases on the Boeings start to expire. The B737-300s will then be phased out by 2016. ANZ already flies 11 A320s on short-haul international routes – it ordered these in July 2002 and took options which are due to expire in 2012. The carrier continues to face strong competition in its domestic market from Pacific Blue and Jetstar.