Boeing and Air New Zealand rolls out first 787-9


NY, New York – Over the weekend Boeing and Air New Zealand rolls out the very first 787-9 Dreamliner, (A stretch version of the original 787-8; that is design to carry more passengers and cargo) The airplane made it debut in Air New Zealand All Black Livery; although most of their 787-9 will be wearing the standard new White and Black Livery; two(2) livery;  which are easily the most beautiful unique and standout (in a great way) livery you will ever see on an aircraft in the sky or on the ground.

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First 787-9 Dreamliner Rolls out! in Air New Zealand all black livery!

The first 787-9 Dreamliner is set to be handed over by July 24th; where the airline will deploy them on domestic routes to get the pilot up to speed, once complete and more aircrafts are delivered; the 787-9 Dreamliner will see long haul routes to Tokyo Perth; Christchurch and Shanghai from their Hub in  Auckland along with the Tokyo to Christchurch route.

Air New Zealand All Black Stunning Dreamliner
Air New Zealand All Black Stunning Dreamliner

Air New Zealand 787-9 Cabin Experience 

The interior of their 787-9 Dreamliner is very sophisticated; Air New Zealand will be configuring their 787-9 Dreamliner in a three-class layout; Which we will see 18 seats in business class;  21 in premium economy and 263 in economy (42/221). Air New Zealand Business Class cabin will be configured in a 1-1-1 layout, A move that will give passengers a more comfortable space, and direct access to aisle without waking a neighbor. (Most competition do 1-2-1 layout in business class) Air New Zealand is betting that the extra space will attract more passengers.

Business Class seating will featured lie-flat seating; thats made out of memory foam materials. The 21 Premium Economy cabin will be configured in a 2-3-2 layout, with a 41” pitch; 5” wide armrest, and will be able to recline up to about 9 degrees from the standard the 90 degree seating position. the seats will feature integrated leg rest and extendable foot support.

The  Economy Class on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be able to seat up to 263 passengers in a two(2) zone configuration; 42 passengers in one zone and 221 in the other zone the seating be see a 3-3-3 layout, the 263 combine seating also features fourteen(14) skycouch rows; rows 24-36 ABC and 24-41 HJK. The Skycouch rows have a 33″ pitch as to the 31-32″ seats in standard economy.


Air New Zealand Fleet Information

Air New Zealand is in the process of upgrading their fleet with new products as well as retiring their most senior models. The airline currently has a total of 51 aircraft with 17 on order and an option for 35 more aircraft. Those orders are for the Airbus A320; Boeing 777-300ER and the upcoming  787-9 In which they are the launch customer for that model; they have 10 aircraft on order with an option for 10 more 787-9s. Air New Zealand currently operate all Boeing current models, (except for the Boeing 757), from the Boeing 737 Classics to the 747, 767 and their latest product the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner , which will be delivered in just a few months. As Air New Zealand gear up for a complete fleet overhaul. The airline the first steps is the delivery of some of its 10 Dreamliners on order followed by the retirement of 3 model type aircraft by 2016; as more orders such as, the workhorse Boeing 777;  the newbie  787 Dreamliner and Airbus A320 arrives.


  • July 24th – First of 10 Dreamliners -9(Dash Nine) are delivered!
  • September 10th – The 747-400 (NONE ER) Model will see its last flight in september of this year
  • October 2015 – Air New Zealand will be retiring their 9 737-300 models by summer of 2015
  • June 2016 – The Boeing 767-300ER fleet will be retiring by 2016; as of April 2014 they currently operates 5 767-300ER.

The airline is also currently updating their long haul 777-200ER fleet with new interior products skycoach; lie flat bed seating as well as repainting the -200ER in their new both all-black livery and the standard black and white livery. The SMADE Travel team is looking forward to experience the new product and aircraft once they arrive.


Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Configuration
J P S Y Total
Airbus A320-200 13 12 168 168
9 5 171 171
Boeing 737-300 9 133 133
Boeing 747-400 2 46 39 294 379
Boeing 767-300ER 5 24 206 230
Boeing 777-200ER 8 26 36 242 304
Boeing 777-300ER 5 2 13 44 44 60 184 332
Boeing 787-9 10 10 18 21 42 221 302
Total 51 17 35



Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Full Gallery


New Gallery 


Boeing has posted a lengthy  Gallery of the new  Air New Zealand 787-9 Dreamliner; The page also features a video that Boeing put together CHECK IT OUT:



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