The first ever Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of the paint hangar at Boeing’s Everett Field facility in the state of Washington, USA, with a rather cool black and white livery. It is the new look of Air New Zealand, launch customer of the 787-9.
“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 instill a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific,” said Capt. David Morgan, Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer.
This 787-9 is the first airplane to feature the distinctive black version of Air New Zealand’s new-look livery design, with the white version having been gradually rolled out across the airline’s domestic fleet in recent months. While the majority of Air New Zealand’s fleet will eventually feature the white version, a limited number will feature the signature black version.
Air New Zealand plans to have the airplane begin service on its Auckland-Perth route later this year. The flag carrier has ten 787-9s on order. Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 405 787-9s, accounting for approximately 39 percent of all 787 orders.