767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1229 times:
Kiwi travellers are about to step aboard one of Air New Zealand's ten new-look Express Class aircraft that are launched on November 1, 2002 and one of the first things they will notice is the streamlined single-class interior.
As a new era in domestic aviation begins, the new Express Class concept sees the disappearance of Business Class and the start of a low fare, one-class service.
Reconfiguring the Air New Zealand domestic fleet interiors into a single class has been a mammoth undertaking for the airline's Christchurch engineering base.
A team of 41 design and engineers have reconfigured the ten aircraft over the past two weeks - with each only being out of service for 32 hours. More than 5,000 man hours have been spent on the redesign and engineering project for Express Class.
The tight turnaround involved stripping out the existing eight Business Class seats, installing 14 new Express Class seats and laying new cabin carpet in the forward section of the aircraft.
The are now 23 seat rows onboard, up from the former 21 rows, and seat pitch has been marginally decreased from the standard 32" on the old domestic craft to between 30" and 32" with Express Class.
Freedomair737 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1183 times:
Will Air New Zealand be applying 'Express' titles to the outside of these aircraft or will they remain the same?
Also, got a sneak peek on Wednesday of the new seating layout on ZK-NGK. Certainly looks different without the J class seating, just like a big bus!
Bigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1161 times:
Came to A.net to post about express....but 767er has on ready! saves me from typing LOL .....Its going to be awsome....Hopefully us kiwis and everyone will enjoy express ! Good Luck and God Speed PS TG992 thanks for the details I was trying to find them on airnz.co.nz but was a little lazy to dig deep
also how bout a timetable ....i would love to get one....saves me and my printer to get one ! will there be one issued & when ?
767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1123 times:
TG992: Is the 762 being converted to J class only????????? Quite frankly I won't really miss the meals in ANZ. They were nice but the since the flights are relatively short it doesn't really matter that much differnace.
AirNewZealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2538 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1111 times:
It is weird cause on Holmes last night, they showed the interiors. of one of the new cabins on a 737..
and guess what..they had IFE onboard. the had two TV's in the front section of the aircraft. and the rest Y class serats...
Are these going to stay? And if so..will they be turned on during the flight??