Air New Zealand has taken delivery of the very
first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in the world.
Air New Zealand's
Rolls-Royce powered 787-9 is part of the airline's fleet
The 787-9, painted in a unique black
livery, is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand's
fleet. The aircraft will operate the AucklandĖPerth route in
October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.
"We are proud to be the launch customer for the
787-9," said Air New Zealand Chief Financial Officer, Rob McDonald.
"We believe it will be a game-changer for Air New Zealand, with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. We look
forward to inviting our customers on board to experience the
aircraft and all of its benefits for themselves."
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the
fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9
will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles
senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes, said, "Air New Zealand was a perfect partner for
us in developing the 787-9, given its innovative spirit, unique
mission requirements and geography. The 787-9, combined with Air
New Zealand's exceptional onboard service, will set them apart
from the competition by providing an unrivaled flying experience."
Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 409
787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.
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