A plane that looks like an American Airlines Boeing 737 but flies like an Airbus A320 is among the top-performing airline tickets in the United States.
The Air New Zealand-registered A320, which costs $1,300 for adults and $1:30 for children, has become the world’s best-performing seat, according to a new study by travel website Expedia.
Airlines often fly low-cost flights to lower-cost destinations, and Air New NZ has been a top choice for travelers with limited budgets, said Brian Cates, senior travel editor at Expedia’s Expedia Concierge Service.
In the past year, Air New Kiwis have taken off with more than 7,000 customers.
The airline also recently added an affordable business option to the airline’s schedule, which is called Air New Business.
Air New Zealand’s success with its low-priced ticket is due to its large fleet of low- and mid-cost seats.
In 2016, Air NZ’s fleet totaled about 12,000 seats, compared with nearly 20,000 on the Airbus A380, according a Bloomberg report.
The airline says that its low fares, combined with its ability to book planes for multiple routes, make it one of the cheapest carriers in the world.
“It’s the combination of those two things that’s really helped us get to where we are today,” Air New New Zealand CEO James Poulter told Bloomberg.
The plane that seats the best in the business class is a Boeing 737 Maxx, which has been sold for about $3,000.
The A320 has been flying for more than a decade, according in a recent report from research firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is a popular choice for airline travelers with low budgets.
It’s a small airplane, with a cabin that’s about 6 feet wide and 7 feet long, but it seats up to five people, which means it’s great for family travel, Poulters said.
It can carry passengers on two seats, with up to six people seated in the front seat and two in the back, and it has the option of flying as an economy class.
It can be upgraded to a business class seat when it hits the commercial market, Poulsters said, adding that the Maxx has a more spacious cabin.
The Maxx seats about 15 people, and has a top-of-the-line cabin, including the luxury leather seating that can recline for up to 75 percent of its passengers.
The 737 Max is popular among travel executives because it is relatively cheap and easy to fly, especially for a smaller airline, said Chris Williams, president of travel marketing firm Travelocity.
“We have to remember that a lot of the world uses them,” Williams said.
“They are the best choice for the price and for the quality.”
For a more complete list of Air New Auckland’s most popular flights, go to airnzair.com/fees.
For more information about airways, visit the airline website at airnz.com or call 1-800-821-7878.