Well with a stack of Ansett spares who wouldn't order Airbus. However there has been a lot of debate from you kiwi's that Ansett was us-successful because of their poor fleet selection. Having a mixtues of Airbuses, Boeings and BAE's. But isn't Air NZ doing exactly what Ansett did.
When the Airbus's arrive AirNZ will have a 737, A320's and 767's. The picture looks familiar, the Air NZ fleet is sounding like Ansett all over again. It would make more sense to me that Air NZ stuck with a all Boeing fleet. Maybe some 737NG's. But with the pilfering of the Ansett stores in Melbounre by Air NZ, a A320 fleet would be a cheaper option than 737NG's.
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I thought Air NZ had new 737-300? Why the new aircraft type?