Long-haul passengers flying to New Zealand look set to benefit from Air New Zealand’s decision to double the number of its Pacific premium economy seats.
The increased capacity will come into effect on the airline’s fleet of 777-200ER aircraft, with the first of the eight aeroplanes due to enter service next week.
Seats in the cabin will increase from 18 to 36, meaning that 72,000 Pacific premium economy seats will be added every year to the carrier’s long-haul network.
Ed Sims, Air New Zealand’s long-haul general manager, said that Pacific premium economy has been "hugely popular" since it was introduced in 2005.
"Despite the challenging economic environment, long-haul customers clearly value the experience and are happy to pay more for the superior legroom, personal space and business class-style service," he commented.
The seating class was recently nominated for Conde Nast Traveller’s annual best innovation and design award.
Air New Zealand recently welcomed an agreement between Airways New Zealand and the New Zealand Airline Pilots Association, which will ensure that regional traffic control towers will not close during set break times.