About mid-December, Boeing revealed a 777-300ER for Air New Zealand with special All Blacks (rugby team) livery. The livery looked amazing, but unfortunately the shots that Boeing shared where taken at night. On Friday December 30th, the 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ) took off for the first time, giving ample opportunity to get a better look at her. Here are some photos I wanted to share:

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ) taxiing at Paine Field on December 30th. Photo by Kristopher Hull.

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ) taxiing at Paine Field on December 30th. Photo by Kristopher Hull.

Air New Zealand's Boeing 777-300ER with All Blacks livery (ZK-OKQ) had her first flight at Paine Field on the 30th. Photo by Liz Matzelle.

Air New Zealand's Boeing 777-300ER with All Blacks livery (ZK-OKQ) had her first flight at Paine Field on the 30th. Photo by Liz Matzelle.

 

Undershot of the 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ) at Paine Field. Photo by Kristopher Hull.

Undershot of the 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ) at Paine Field. Photo by Kristopher Hull.

Some additional great photos of the All Blacks Boeing 777-300ER:
* Another shot of the 777 from Liz Matzelle.
The All Blacks 777 Taking off for the first time by Kris Hull.
ZAK-OKQ landing back at Paine Field by Kris Hull.

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9 Comments

The nearly all black livery is interesting and I think I like it. The down side is that all paint defects just glare. The few spots that cannot be painted look like defects even when they are not. Interesting, but I don’t think this will last and for reasons stated.

I like the spots that are sensors and pitot tubes..they have the appearance of stars in the black. Atleast from a distance.

DaveH@YVR

I think It looks awesome and Im not too picky to look for anything negative.
Excellent job Boeing.

mawestpac

Wow Its cool!!!!

That is an awesome livery, especially on my favorite aircraft. its my new wallpaper!!!!

Ikram Mustafa

I Want to Trevel This Plain

Man….after reading this…I see there aren’t many Kiwis here. AS a New Zealander I think this is the most beautiful 777 ever launched.

Peter Derrick

As a NZer I wish and hope that Air NZ will make this the standard livery for all its fleet – in the words of a US controller, “Nice paint job Kiwi!”

Dom Batten

Best paint scheme on a Commercial airliner ? I think so . Btw Mustafa what particular day are you planning to fly ? just askin !

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