7 JULY 2014
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Air New Zealand (ANZ) has become the first airline to take official delivery of the 787-9, stretched version of Boeing Dreamliner following the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification last month.
The aircraft is 20ft longer than the standard aircraft, the ANZ version offering 18 Business Class seats, 21 Premium Economy and 263 Economy. Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines have been selected by ANZ for the 10 aircraft it has on order. Boeing has to date delivered 162 aircraft out of 1,031 firm orders.
Air New Zealand said it plans to dispatch the new aircraft from Seattle on Thursday (10 July) followed by a high profile arrival at Auckland the next day. The Dreamliner will participate in route proving/training flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane prior to its official debut on the Auckland – Perth route from 15 October.
Services between Auckland and Shanghai, as well as Auckland – Tokyo and Christchurch – Tokyo, will follow after the airline's second and third 787-9s are delivered in September and October.
Separately, Boeing announced that 787-9 flight test aircraft ZB001 will be on static and flying display at the Farnborough Airshow from 14-18 July. www.airnewzealand.com
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