The seven new A321neos have newer engines and are seven metres longer than the A320s that currently fly the Trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes, seating up to 214 passengers.
The planes also have curved leather seats and the middle seats are three centimetres wider, while aisle and window seats are 1cm wider. All are upholstered in New Zealand leather from Tasman Tanning in Wanganui. A narrower seatback also gives passengers almost two inches more breathing space, but the leg room is still the same as the original A320. The first commercial flight will take off from Auckland to Brisbane on November 23. See a short video here