B787-9 Dreamliner debuts in New Zealand

Boeing has flown the B787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the B787-9’s international debut and longest flight since the robust test programme began.


B787-9 Dreamliner debuts in New Zealand


Boeing has flown the B787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the B787-9’s international debut and longest flight since the robust test programme began. The second of three B787-9s dedicated to the flight-test programme, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Auckland International Airport, departing 3 January and landing some 13 hours, 49 minutes later. The aircraft is scheduled to continue on to Alice Springs, Australia, for testing in hot weather.

“Having one of Air New Zealand’s 787- 9s touch down on Kiwi soil for the first time is hugely exciting,” said Christopher Luxon, chief executive officer of Air New Zealand. “It’s a real reminder that we will soon welcome the first of these more modern, fuel-efficient airplanes into our fleet.” Boeing is on track to deliver the B787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014. Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 402 B787-9s, accounting for 39 per cent of all B787 orders.

The B787-9 is the mid-sized version of three Dreamliner types being developed by Boeing with the smaller B787-8 entering service with ANA in October 2011, while the larger B787-10 is expected to be launched in 2018.