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Air New Zealand Takes Delivery of World's First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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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 modernization effort.

 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 (830 km).

John Wojick, 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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