Air New Zealand Takes Delivery Of First Dreamliner

Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its (and the world’s) first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, clad in a striking, limited-edition all-black livery. The aircraft was handed over to the airline at a celebratory event in Seattle featuring chart-topping American country rock group The Band Perry and will make the transpacific flight to Auckland today as flight NZ 6789, arriving home at 1600 hrs local time on 11 July 2014.


Air New Zealand’s Dreamliners are configured with 18 BusinessPremier seats in a herringbone layout, 21 Premium Economy seats set 2-3-2 across (although these will be sourced from seat manufacturers Zodiac Aerospace rather than the proprietary Spaceseat) and 263 Economy Class seats spread across 2 cabins. The first will feature 14 rows of the airline’s patented Skycouch product, where the legrests of a 3-seat bench may be positioned to create a flat bed surface. The inflight entertainment system has been similarly enhanced, with an app-based touchscreen system designed in partnership with Panasonic.


Air New Zealand will deploy the new aircraft on trans-Tasman familiarization flights to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney prior to its official debut on the Auckland – Perth route on 15 October 2014, followed by services to North Asian destinations Shanghai and Tokyo. Before entering revenue service, the Star Alliance carrier will first send the jet to the UK, where it will participate in the Farnborough International Airshow.


Representing the continued renewal of its fleet together with the Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A320neo and A321 neo, the carrier will add a further 9 Dreamliners, with options for 8 more jets.


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