Air New Zealand's first A321neo aircraft will operate its first commercial flight this afternoon when it flies to Brisbane as NZ739.
It's the first of 13 new Airbus neo (new engine option) aircraft ordered by the airline.
The A321 arrived after a long flight from Hamburg on November 5.
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The aircraft is larger than Air NZ's current A320s and can carry 214 passengers.
Air NZ Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the aircraft's arrival marks the beginning of a new strategy for the airline's short haul operations.
"These new aircraft are key to enabling us to grow our short haul network while offering our customers a great inflight experience."
Not only are the aircraft longer, but the seats are wider too. The new leather upholstered interior has seats ranging from 1-3cm wider than current sizes.
The new aircraft will also come with a new Andriod-based entertainment system, larger 10 inch screens and wi-fi capability.