No idea I’m not an expert, at times it has been mentioned that NZ looked in the past at a single type for long haul with 300 seats, probably the 772 before deciding to keep the 744’s back in 2004/05, they could have probably kept more 763’s at the time and replaced the 744 then, then ordered the 77W earlier if more capacity was needed. Anyway that’s the past as for now like I say in no expert so don’t really no either. I agree heavy maintenance would likely be done offshore.
I’d place the 778 inbetween the 772/77W size wise, with a similar NZ configuration it might seat 320-340 depending on exact configuration. I’d imagine an A359 seating 290-310 again depends on the exact configuration.
My involvement and awareness is around MX, Tech/Cabin Crew crewing and training as the obvious but also Ground/Cargo handling, Day of Ops management etc
My thoughts are, 2 types are expected for NZ's long-haul Ops, I guess what I'm really wondering is, is having both Airbus and Boeing any more difficult/costly than two different Boeing versions?
I tend to agree with you on the 778/A359 size and the A359 sits very close to the 772 product so begs the question, if NZ goes 778 what will happen with the 77W? the 779 is too big for NZ and lacks range in my opinion. Therefore is the 77W replaced by more 778 and leaving NZ will a single 777 type?
I'd imagine an NZ A359 would have a config similar to VN; https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Vietn ... mation.php
But this will depend on ensuring you still get the desired range so we could see two versions as we do with the 789.
Leaving out things like growth etc here are the option... (I'm sure there are many more options and keen to see them, this is just a starter)Scenario A
5x 779 Scenarios B
5x A35KScenario C - adjusted appraoch
10x 778Scenario D
I can't see scenario A play out as the 779 is too big, but this is still very feasible! Scenario D will never happen, Scenario C has merits but unlikely which is why I'm really feeling the A350 family and this a very warm feeling around the office. It's more a matter of numbers
For me, scenario B then A.