Boeing chases range frontier on 787 and 777X to win Air New Zealand, Qantas deals

Boeing promised Air New Zealand a big 787 performance boost.

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Release Date
May 30, 2019
Boeing chases range frontier on 787 and 777X to win Air New Zealand, Qantas deals
Dubai, Dallas and Amsterdam are all cities blessed by their geography. Each is accessible to continents, seemingly half way to everywhere and proximate to billions of people with a short flight. Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia are at the opposite end of the accessibility spectrum. Their remote location in the South Pacific requires an added level of creativity and complexity to cross to other continents by air.

Now, Boeing is advancing changes to its twin-aisle aircraft to win new business from Air New Zealand and Qantas, shrinking the travel time from Oceania to the rest of the world and chasing the frontiers of ultra long-haul flying.

Promised performance boosts to the 787 for Air New Zealand were a major factor in the carrier’s decision this week to purchase eight 787-10 aircraft from Boeing, according to those familiar with the deal. For Qantas, the plane maker is also privately sharing early details of changes coming to the 777X, aimed at enabling Project Sunrise, the airline’s pursuit to connect Australia’s largest city with London and New York without stopping.

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