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Take Your First Look Inside Air New Zealand's New Dreamliner B787-9

Air New Zealand will be the first airline to fly Boeing’s second generation 787-9 Dreamliner. Having had taken delivery of the first of these new planes in June, the airline hosted a press event this week in Seattle at Boeing’s Everett Field to show off the shiny new jet before flying it down to its new home base in Auckland today. This is the first of 10 Boeing 787-9’s the airline has on order.

Air New Zealand (ANZ) plans to fly its new aircraft—the first one is in sharp all-black livery, while the rest of the 787-9’s will be in black and white—on test routes from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane before officially debuting it on the route from Auckland to Perth starting October 15. ANZ will follow up that inaugural route with additional ones from Auckland to Shanghai and Tokyo, and from Christchurch to Tokyo.

Rob McDonald, the CFO of Air New Zealand, says that the 787-9 is a crucial part of their strategy going forward thanks to the unique needs of the airline and the advantages with which the new plane presents them. As a key part of ANZ's business model of flying long-haul routes (what else is there to New Zealand?) with relatively small traffic numbers, the 787-9’s size and efficiency are well-suited to moving fewer passengers on longer routes with more flexibility and route schedules that change seasonally.

Eric Rosen

Eric Rosen lives in Los Angeles and writes about food, wine, travel and adventure... usually in some combination of the four. He regularly contributes to Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Cond� Nast's HotelChatter and Jaunted, TravelAge West, Palate Press, Frontiers, Edge and Wandermelon. His work has also appeared in the L.A. Times. When he is not exploring the Los Angeles dining scene...(Read More)

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