The first B787-9 painted with launch customer Air New Zealand’s (ANZ) all-black livery has been unveiled at Boeing’s Everett factory near Seattle.
The new generation of Boeing’s Dreamliner series is expected to join the airline's fleet later this year, and will be sport a three-class configuration, with 18 flat beds in business, 21 seats in premium economy and 263 in economy (see here).
The carrier will deploy its new aircraft onto services between Auckland and Perth starting October 15. The carrier currently flies a B777-200 between both cities daily, but will deploy the B787-9 onto select flights upon delivery. The Dreamliner may eventually take over the entire route, and the carrier will also expand the use of the aircraft onto its four times weekly Tokyo Narita service, and on the Shanghai Pudong route fives time a week (see here).
Behold, Air New Zealand's new all-black livery
The B787-9 is the first ANZ aircraft to feature the new all-black livery. A white version of the livery has also been produced, and has gradually been introduced across the airline’s A320 domestic fleet in recent months.
The new livery features the New Zealand Fern Mark, which has been authorised by Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. While the majority of ANZ’s fleet will sport the white version of the design, the B787-9 will instead feature the signature black version.
For more information, visit www.airnewzealand.co.nz