Air New Zealand buys 14 Airbuses

Air New Zealand will buy 14 new Airbus planes at a cost of around $1bn (£569m) to replace its domestic fleet of Boeings, the national carrier said yesterday. The move follows what European planemaker Airbus called an “intensive and robust” face-off between the world’s only makers of large passenger aircraft as airlines remain mired in recession. Air New Zealand said it would buy 14 Airbus A320  jets to replace its current fleet.