Unsurprisingly, given the time (9:00pm) at Paine Field, it was dark. Even with that, and the incipient precipitation- there was good reason to be on the Boeing Commercial aircraft ramp.
Boeing had chosen 9:00pm to roll Air New Zealand’s first 787-9 (ZK-NZE) out of their paint shop – and invited AirlineReporter along!
Air New Zealand expects to take delivery of the aircraft towards the middle of this year. The tentative, October 15 2014, start date for commercial service will be to Perth, Western Australia from Air New Zealand’s home in Auckland.
The aircraft will feature an all new Premium Economy cabin- as well as Air New Zealand’s other trademark amenities.
If you ask me – this is the best 787 livery yet. The photos (taken at night using my tripod) only look 3/4’s as good as it does up close. Air New Zealand has stated that one plane of every type will receive the all black paint treatment.