Airline News: Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, and China Southern Airlines

Air New Zealand develops new business-class seats, China Southern to launch Sanya-London flights, and more.

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Air New Zealand to launch new business-class seats

The flag carrier airline of New Zealand is developing new business-class seats at a test site named “Hangar 22”, according to the New Zealand Herald. These seats look set to replace the airline’s existing business premier seats, which were launched a decade ago. While details of the new product are not confirmed, it is likely that they will be rolled out by 2020 when the aircraft takes delivery of new aircraft in replacement of its older Boeing 777-200s.

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Delta One Suites are coming to Los Angeles-Sydney flights

Come March 31, Delta Air Lines will start deploying its reconfigured Boeing 777-200LR on its Los-Angeles-Sydney service, allowing business-class passengers to enjoy its new Delta One Suites. Billed as “the world’s first all-suite business class” product, these enclosed suites are also outfitted on board Delta’s Airbus A350 aircraft. Each of these suites feature seats that can recline to form fully flat beds, as well as direct aisle access thanks to a 1-2-1 cabin configuration.

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China Southern to start Sanya-London flights in July

From July 12, the Guangzhou-based airline will start twice weekly flights between Sanya and London. The new route, served by an Airbus A330-200, will set off from the carrier’s home base of Guangzhou, stopping in Sanya, before flying nonstop to London Heathrow. The aircraft, which features a first-class cabin, has four seats laid out in a 1-2-1 format, each with an 84-inch pitch and the ability to recline to a fully flat bed.

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