K5-Aviation has taken delivery of its first ACJ330-300 aircraft from ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jets). K5-Aviation is the largest ACJ operator in Europe with four ACJ319s and one ACJ350-900 in its fleet. Designed for highly-demanding VIP and private markets, the ACJ330-300 delivers top-end luxury, comfort and true nonstop range to the world.
The ACJ330-300 aircraft will feature a 243m² VIP cabin, installed by Fokker Techniek, the outfitter selected by K5-Aviation. Onboard guests can experience ultimate comfort over 8,650 nm/16,000 km or up to 18.5 hours, enough to fly nonstop from Europe to Australia. At the end of December 2021, Airbus’ A330 Family had won over 1,800 orders, making it the world’s most successful widebody aircraft.
Air New Zealand brings back first 777
After almost 600 days on the ground, today Air New Zealand’s flagship B777-300 is being brought back into service. Designated ZK-OKQ, the aircraft last flew on 20 June 2020 between Melbourne and Auckland before being grounded due to the pandemic. It has spent the last four weeks getting a maintenance makeover in Auckland to bring it back into service and will now be used to do what it does best, connecting New Zealand to the world. The aircraft will initially fly cargo-only services between New Zealand, Australia, and Los Angeles, carrying fresh New Zealand produce to the world – including salmon, lamb and seafood, as well as pharmaceutical and e-commerce goods.
Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the return of the airline’s first 777 aircraft is an incredibly special day for the airline and is a sign that the tides are turning. “After the past 24 months of predominately operating a domestic business, seeing our iconic B777 back in action will be an emotional moment for many Air New Zealanders. This particular 777 was the first in our fleet so it’s fitting that it once again flies the Koru in our skies. It’s a positive sign there is light at the end of the tunnel, and while it’s only flying cargo to begin with, we are hopeful that as the border restrictions continue to ease, we will be welcoming customers back on board soon. Our cargo business is right in the middle of its busiest season with New Zealand products in high demand around the globe so this extra belly space is a much-needed boost for New Zealand exporters.”