Boeing, Air New Zealand Unveil Livery of First 787-9 Dreamliner to Deliver

  Boeing, Air New Zealand Unveil Livery of First 787-9 Dreamliner to Deliver

Paint rollout reveals 787-9 launch customer's new-look livery

Airplane scheduled for delivery in mid-2014

787-9 to carry more passengers further, with exceptional fuel efficiency

PR Newswire

EVERETT, Wash., April 6, 2014

EVERETT, Wash., April 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today rolled
out of the paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch
customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier's new-look livery. The
airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic
official New Zealand Fern Mark.

"It's great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand fern emblazoned on
this aircraft. This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the
world to operate commercially and I think it will instill a sense of pride in
Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the
Pacific," said Capt. David Morgan, Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and
Safety Officer.

This 787-9 is the first airplane to feature the distinctive black version of
Air New Zealand's new-look livery design, with the white version having been
gradually rolled out across the airline's domestic fleet in recent months.
While the majority of Air New Zealand's fleet will eventually feature the
white version, a limited number will feature the signature black version.

"With the unveiling of this beautiful airplane and our continued progress in
flight test, this is an exciting time for the entire 787-9 team," said Mark
Jenks, vice president, 787 Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"We look forward to delivering the first 787-9 to Air New Zealand."

Air New Zealand plans to have the airplane begin service on its Auckland-Perth
route later this year. Air New Zealand has 10 787-9s on order.

The 787-9 will complement and extend the 787 family. With the fuselage
stretched by 20 feet (6 m) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more
passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km) with the same exceptional
environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer
emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers
features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher
humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 405 787-9s, accounting
for approximately 39 percent of all 787 orders.

Contacts:
Tim Bader
International Communications
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
+1 425-717-0672
tim.s.bader@boeing.com

Julie O'Donnell
Airplane Development Communications
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
+1 425-266-2927
julie.o'donnell@boeing.com

More information: http://www.newairplane.com/787/787-9/

SOURCE Boeing

Website: http://www.boeing.com
 
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