Air New Zealands First Boeing 787-9 Gets All Black Livery

Travel News Asia Videos Podcasts Latest Travel News Asia Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Air New Zealands first Boeing 787-9 aircraft bearing the airlines distinctive new all black livery has been revealed at Boeings Everett factory near Seattle.

The aircraft, which will soon become the first 787-9 in commercial operation, rolled out of Boeings paint hangar on 5 April (Pacific Standard Time) and will join the Air New Zealand fleet mid this year.

The 787-9 is the first Air New Zealand aircraft to feature the distinctive black version of the airlines new-look livery. The white version of the livery has been gradually rolled out across the airlines A320 domestic fleet in recent months.

Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan, who was in Seattle for the unveiling, said its exciting to see the 787-9 in Air New Zealand colours for the first time.

Its great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand fern emblazoned on this aircraft. This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the world to operate commercially and I think it will instill a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific.

The paint job took five days to complete and was done by 12 painters using around 350 litres of paint.

With the unveiling of this beautiful airplane and our continued progress in flight test, this is an exciting time for the entire 787-9 team, said Mark Jenks, Vice President, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. We look forward to delivering the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealands new livery features the New Zealand Fern Mark, the use of which is authorised by Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. While the majority of the airlines fleet will eventually feature the white version of the design a limited number will feature this signature black version.

This aircraft is the first of ten 787-9 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealands fleet. Air New Zealand is the global launch customer for the 787-9. The aircraft will operate the Auckland Perth route from 15 October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai from November.

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