The flight marks the aircraft’s first appearance outside the US. In addition, the 11,265km flight was also the longest undertaken by the B787-9 since the test programme began. The flight lasted 13 hours 49 minutes.
Following the flying visit to New Zealand, the test aircraft will move on to Alice Springs where it will undergo a week of hot weather tests. The twin-aisle jet will then return to Seattle to be reconfigured with Air New Zealand’s cabin products, ahead of its delivery in mid-2014.
The B787-9 is the mid-sized version of three Dreamliner types being developed by Boeing. The smaller B787-8 entered service with ANA in October 2011, while the larger B787-10 is expected to be launched in 2018. The aircraft’s fuselage will be 6.1 metres longer than that of the B787-8.