Boeing has taken the wraps off Air New Zealand’s first ever Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which has been painted with a striking all-black livery.
The aircraft, which will be delivered this summer, emerged from Boeing’s paint shop on Sunday featuring a black fuselage with a large white fern emblem towards the rear, and the airline’s ‘Koru’ logo on the tailfin.
“It’s 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 instil a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific,” said Captain David Morgan, Air New Zealand’s chief flight operations & safety officer.
The B787-9 is the first aircraft to feature the black version of Air New Zealand’s new livery design. The white version has been gradually rolled out across the airline’s domestic fleet in recent months. The majority of Air New Zealand’s fleet will eventually feature the white livery, with a limited number using the black version.
Air New Zealand plans to launch the new aircraft on its Auckland-Perth route later this year, with future destinations expected to include Shanghai and Tokyo. Air New Zealand has 10 B787-9s on order.
The new B787-9 is the second of three Dreamliner versions that will be rolled out. It will be 6.1 metres longer than the B787-8, and will carry approximately 20% more passengers.
To-date, Boeing has sold 405 B787-9s to 26 customers, including major orders from Etihad Airways (41 aircraft), ANA (30), American Airlines (30), United Airlines (26) and Air France-KLM (25).