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Air New Zealand takes first Boeing 787-9

written by WOFA | July 1, 2014
The first Boeing 787-9 has been handed over to launch customer Air NZ.
The first Boeing 787-9 has been handed over to launch customer Air NZ.

The first Boeing 787-9 has been handed over to launch customer, Air New Zealand in Seattle.

The aircraft, painted in a striking gloss black and silver fern scheme was handed over to the airline on June 30, and will remain in the Seattle area for crew training and familiarisation flights before a formal handover ceremony is held on July 9.

The 787-9 is 20 feet longer than the smaller 787-8, and offers seating for 38 more passengers and 800km more range in a typical configuration.

The airline will ease into 787 operations by conducting route proving and training flights until it formally enters service on the Auckland to Perth route on October 15.


  • Greg


    Very nice – I’m sure the 787 -9 will be a great performer & asset to the Air NZ Fleet.

  • Raymond


    That’s one nice-looking aeroplane.

  • Rodney Marinkovic


    Traveling on over 150 airports world wide, I never see any aircraft to compare colour scheme wit this unique,
    more than beaty B787-9 showing on this page.
    Congratulation “kiwis” to innovating such pleasures and excitements for eyes where ewer you landing. Well done AIR NEW ZELAND!…
    Rodney Marinkovic, AME (ret.) Sydney /// Kraljevo-Serbia.

  • Reverend


    now they need to buy more of them to replace the boeing 777-200ER may be a 280 seater variant with 24 business and 27 premium economy and 280-290 seats

  • Ben Cambridge


    Can’t wait to see its first flight!!

  • Brendan


    I hope Boeing have fixed some of the noise issues, I’ve just flown on a jetstar 787-800 to Bali, the hydraulic noise, gear noise & flap noise was the worst I have ever heard (from any aircraft). And even with a smooth landing “which I thought” there was approx 10 oxygen masks fall down. Don’t get me wrong, the engines were quiet and flight smooth but it seemed rough around the edges.

  • Adrian


    I flew London to Brunei in January on a 787-8 and it was very comfortable through out the trip.
    Not impressed with Bandar Seri Begawan Airport especially scanned passengers going to the boarding gate passing unscanned passengers in same corridor.

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