In the staff bulletin of Air New Zealand pilots & flight attendants have agreed with the CEO Christopher Luxson to defer the orders for eight of the new B748-819 Jumbo Jets they were placing orders for with Boeing. Instead they opted for the B789’S and Two more B773’s which will enter the fleet some time in the coming months and early next year.
Christopher Luxson the CEO of air new zealand said we are looking more into the future of twin jet aircraft with fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. He said with the last two remaining B744’S not retired and sold to other carriers ZK-SUH and ZK-NBV which recently retired from the fleet. The CEO said the days of the Jumbo Jet or the heavy metal aircraft are gone but the newer B748’S are fuel efficient but states the B777’S and the B789’S can go further then a Jumbo Jet with half the pay load of a B747.
The CEO also said most of the B747’S are parked up in storage or the desert floors locked up awaiting a buyer at a cheap price or eventually becoming scrap metal.