Gold Coast welcomes new Kiwi arrival
THE Gold Coast Airport has rolled out the welcome mat for the aviation world’s newest plane – the Airbus A321neo.
Air New Zealand is one of the first airlines in the world to take receipt of the latest member of the Airbus family which will supersede the outgoing A320 aircraft.
The new plane offers an additional 46 seats, while delivering fuel efficiencies of up to 20 per cent per seat as well as an increased travel range of up to 900km.
Queensland Airports Limited executive general manager of business development and marketing, Adam Rowe, said the introduction of the A321neo aircraft was great news for the Gold Coast.
“At Gold Coast Airport we process more New Zealand passports each year than Australian passports, which goes to show how important this connection is to us,” Mr Rowe said.
“The new A321neo offers one of the best flying experiences possible on the world market today while saving on fuel and other costs.”
Along with the increased seat capacity on its new aircraft, Air New Zealand is adding a service from Auckland to the Gold Coast from February expanding its service to the port by 60 per cent.
READY FOR TAKE-OFF: Queensland Airports Limited’s Adam Rowe in front of a new Air New Zealand A321neo.