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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Full 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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