Boeing and with launch customer Air New Zealand celebrated the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner delivery on Tuesday 8 July 2014 . Air New Zealand is the first of 26 customers from around the world, ordering 409 787-9s altogether, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders. Meanwhile, the 787-9 will be one of the stars of the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow.make its
“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.”
Air New Zealand’s Rolls-Royce powered 787-9 is part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort. This 787-9, painted in a unique black livery, is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand’s fleet. The airline said the airplane will operate the Auckland–Perth route in October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.