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Black Air NZ 787-9 unveiled

Air New Zealand's first black 787-9 unveiled

By JOSH MARTIN - The Dominion Post | 1:01PM - Monday, 07 April 2014



AIR NEW ZEALAND is one step closer to receiving its long-delayed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, with the first aircraft rolling out of the Seattle factory in the airline's distinctive new all black livery.

The 787 is the first to feature the livery which incorporates the silver fern design used by Tourism New Zealand.

Air New Zealand chief flight operations and safety officer Captain David Morgan, who was in Seattle for the unveiling, said it was exciting to see the combined koru and silver fern design.

"This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the world to operate commercially and I think it will instil a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific," Morgan said.

The aircraft will be delivered by mid-winter and begin flying the Auckland to Perth route from October 15th. Ten of the more fuel-efficient aircraft have been ordered.

Air New Zealand's first black 787-9 unveiled | Stuff.co.nz

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Click on any of these photographs to download a larger size....



Air New Zealand’s first 787-9 rolling out of the paint hangar. — Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlineReporter.com.


ZK-NZE under tow from the paint shop. — Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlineReporter.com.


Nose to nose with Air New Zealand’s first Dreamliner. — Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlineReporter.com.


Fully side on with ZK-NZE. — Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlineReporter.com.


ZK-NZE on the Boeing compass rose at KPAE. — Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlineReporter.com.
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Thumbs up

You gotta admit, that is one very sharp looking airplane....I saw the 777 at Ohakea a few years ago, and they really do turn heads. Well done Air NZ
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OH my!

That just looks spectacular.


This is an Airline that just seems to do everything right!
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Build a friggen bridge.
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Always been told NOT to paint a plastic boat black because ....
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Always been told NOT to paint a plastic boat black because ....


?Because?
Because you might find yourself leading 8 : 1 and still lose. But that might have been because of the association with Emirates.
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Was told by a NZ Engineer that they might be great as a marketing tool, but the black ships are a pain for the engineers - they got a lightning strike on the black 777 and whereas with a white hull it is easy to see the burn marks etc, it took them ages to go over the a/c to look for damage and especially at night, the black "soaks up your torch light" and makes it difficult to spot damage.
They do look sharp though !!

Role on.....
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Fully sick Bro!
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New Zealand's National Party Government obviously sees some value in having an interest in their national carrier. Nice fleet and tax payers money well spent on promoting it

Shares on Issue - About Air New Zealand - Company Information - Air New Zealand - United States Site

This what they did way back -

BBC News | BUSINESS | Air New Zealand renationalised

Heaven forbid, could even be used as a model for other countries' struggling airlines .
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Rampdog: New Zealand's National Party Government obviously sees some value in having an interest in their national carrier. Nice fleet and tax payers money well spent on promoting it

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This what they did way back -

BBC News | BUSINESS | Air New Zealand renationalised

Heaven forbid, could even be used as a model for other countries' struggling airlines .
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A couple of points. The airline wasn't nationalised, there were still other shareholders. The then Labour government stepped in and bought a majority shareholding following the 9/11 catastrophe and the Ansett debacle.

Since then the successive governments have received substantial dividends and recouped a significant portion of the original investment when they sold down their shareholding at a greatly increased share price over what they paid for the shares to start with.

While taxpayers money was used in the original shareholding purchase there has been no taxpayer money spent since. Anything the airline does is done with money it earns. In fact taxpayers have done very well out of the deal. Air New Zealand operates like any other public company.

I do agree other governments could use this as a model.
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27/09, You are absolutely correct, Air New Zealand has paid its own way with a proactive and collaborative approach by management and staff. Taxpayers (and customers) have reaped the benefits. It shows what can be done by building the core business and not by watering it down or wasting resources on speculative strategies.
Trouble is some people (more than one btw) are too stubborn (or grossly overpaid) to admit they are wrong. There should be no embarrassment in copying successful models, there's money in it
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Totally badass.
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I think the 788 is relatively ugly, something about the proportions, but that 789 in black looks very nice indeed. The black hides the porpoise like nose that the 787 and A350 share, which aint nice IMHO
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I can imagine that the black exterior would possibly be more difficult in some area's for the spanner turners. Small fluid leaks streaking back under a belly for Eg might not be so obvious during a walk around in the rain at night even with a candle. Still looks impressive though & that's the only reason it's like that I imagine as we are all visual creatures:-)
As for the design/shape? The nose kinda reminds me of the Comet, also doesn't look much diff than a 767 overall. Will be interesting to see when the 350 is in service, bigger & am sure the 'Bus' Co are learning from others misfortunes.


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New LBD...

"Once you've gone black, you'll never go back!"
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Timelapse: New Air NZ Boeing 787-9 - Business - NZ Herald Videos
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?Because?
Black absorbs more heat than any other colour. Composites generally have a specific heat range in which the composites can be used.

The black hulled cat only had to last one race series where as the 787 has to last a lot longer.
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From the video....the black paint came in ONE gallon cans?!?!?!?!
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This is officially Air New Zealand's new livery which will be worn by most of the fleet, including existing aeroplanes as they are repainted....




However, some of their aeroplanes get this livery....




The airline obviously wishes to make a statement by turning out the first 787-9 in the black livery.
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