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ANZ takes delivery of world’s first B787-9

11 Jul 2014 by Clement Huang
Air New Zealand (ANZ) has become the first airline in the world to welcome the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner into its fleet. ANZ's B787-9 "We are proud to be the launch customer for the 787-9," said ANZ 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.” Business Premier The B787-9 is part of the carrier's efforts to modernise its fleet, which also includes taking delivery of the new Airbus A320neo (new engine option), plus the refurbishment of its existing B777-200ER aircraft. Premium economy As previously reported by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (see here), ANZ’s new B787-9 features an all-black livery with the New Zealand Fern Mark, which has been authorised by Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Economy Skycouch The new plane is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join ANZ’s fleet. The carrier intends to deploy the aircraft onto the Auckland–Perth route in October and to both Tokyo and Shanghai from November. Economy Like its predecessor, the B787-8, the new Dreamliner offers LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude and large stow bins. However, the newer model also sports an extended fuselage that enables it to fly up to 40 more passengers for an additional 450 nautical miles. ANZ’s B787-9 will sport a three-class configuration, with 18 flat beds in business, 21 seats in premium economy and 263 in economy. For more information, visit airnewzealand.co.nz Clement Huang
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