First 777-300ER for Air New Zealand

December 23: Air New Zealand has received its first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airliner, the first of five ordered in August 2007 to complement the airline’s eight Boeing 777-200ERs in its long-haul fleet.
The first three aircraft will be used on operations between Auckland, Los Angeles and London from April 2011. They feature a customised interior – ‘Skycouch’ seating, known as ‘CuddleClass’, is available in the first ten rows of Economy Class and will allow passengers who book three-wide seat space to raise the footrests to create a lie-flat space similar to a sofa at home. Premium Economy ‘Spaceseats’ will feature a larger seat area and more room between passengers – when the seat reclines, it slides forward, preserving the personal space of the passenger sitting behind. All seats have in-seat power and USB connections, allowing passengers to use MP3 players with the in-flight entertainment systems.
Air New Zealand currently has 35 Boeing jets in its fleet and will be the first to take delivery of the 787-9 Dreamliner, with eight on order.