Boeing, Air New Zealand Celebrate First 787-9 Dreamliner Delivery

      Boeing, Air New Zealand Celebrate First 787-9 Dreamliner Delivery

First of 10 787-9s for the launch customer's fleet

New 787-9 to fly more passengers, cargo farther, with exceptional fuel
efficiency

PR Newswire

EVERETT, Wash., July 9, 2014

EVERETT, Wash., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Boeing [NYSE: BA] celebrated the
first 787-9 Dreamliner delivery today with launch customer Air New Zealand.
About 1,000 Boeing employees representing the 787 program joined Air New
Zealand executives and guests at a unique celebration of this milestone event.

"We are proud to be the launch customer for the 787-9," said Air New Zealand
Chief Financial Officer Rob McDonald. "We believe it will be a game-changer
for Air New Zealand, with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger
comfort. We look forward to inviting our customers on board to experience the
aircraft and all of its benefits for themselves."

Air New Zealand's Rolls-Royce powered 787-9 is part of the airline's fleet
modernization effort. This 787-9, painted in a unique black livery, is the
first of 10 Dreamliners to join AirNewZealand's fleet. The airline said the
airplane will operate the Auckland–Perth route in October 2014 and to both
Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.

"This delivery is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our employees,
suppliers and Air New Zealand," said John Wojick, senior vice president of
Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Air New Zealand was
a perfect partner for us in developing the 787-9, given its innovative spirit,
unique mission requirements and geography. The 787-9, combined with Air New
Zealand's exceptional onboard service, will set them apart from the
competition by providing an unrivaled flying experience."

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched
by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more
passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 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 409 787-9s, accounting
for 40 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

Allison Bone
Australia & New Zealand Communications
The Boeing Company
+61 468-988-737
allison.bone@boeing.com

More information: http://www.newairplane.com/787/delivery/#/en/anz/

SOURCE Boeing

Website: http://www.boeing.com
 
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