As reported on an earlier topic the new A320s ordered by Air New Zealand (15 ordered) commence operations (according to Air NZ web site) on the 26th October on the AKL-SYD sector.
I was surprised to see that all direct flights that day are all A320s (except NZ105 which is still a 763 operation), so ...
Why does an airline wait until it has a batch of new planes before starting to use them (ie. why not use them as soon as they are delivered - why wait until you have 4 or 5?) Is this marketing/branding for a service relaunch ?
Just for the record the first A320 out of CHC are scheduled for the 1st December, presumably a later batch of deliveries.
No other indication is given on their web site of when the A320's will replace the other 762 services (NAN, RAR, APIA etc). The 762s are still shown as operating these sectors out until May 2004.