Air New Zealand unveils its A321neo with a special Star Alliance livery
(05 September 2022, 11:00 +07)
Air New Zealand has unveiled its latest Airbus A321neo sporting a jet black Star Alliance livery.
The new aircraft, which seats up to 217 passengers, is the world’s first black Star Alliance aircraft and one of three A321neos to join the airline’s fleet in the coming months.
Siu Ling Fock, Star Alliance Vice President – Development and Communications, said, “As the world’s largest and oldest airline alliance, Star Alliance honors the distinct heritage, character and style of each of our 26 member airlines. We know how important the color black is to New Zealanders, so when Air New Zealand offered to launch the first-ever all-black aircraft with Star Alliance livery, we were happy to accept. This launch also comes at a special time for Star Alliance, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year.”
Air New Zealand A321neo with special Star Alliance livery
The plane, which will fly on the airline’s domestic network, is due to land in November, having traveled 17,825 km from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany, passing through Muscat, Kuala Lumpur and Cairns, before arriving in Auckland.
Another A321neo, which will be painted in Air New Zealand’s classic black and white livery, is expected to arrive in September.
“While the Star Alliance livery is typically white with a black tail fin, we asked if we could do something a little different and invert the colors to celebrate the importance of black to Air New Zealand and New Zealand. Zealand,” said Mike Williams, head of Air New Zealand. Leader Transformation and Alliances.” Black is an iconic color of the Kiwi. From sports shirts to wellington boots, black is embedded in New Zealand’s national identity and worn with pride, so it’s fantastic to wear. welcome this aircraft with its special black livery to our fleet. Kiwis who miss the Koru need not look too far – our iconic mangoparous will feature on the wingtips in this unique design.”
Air New Zealand has an average fleet age of 7.3 years, making it one of the youngest fleets in the world.
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