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Air New Zealand's first black 787-9 unveiled

JOSH MARTIN
Last updated 13:01 07/04/2014
Air New Zealand black livery
Air New Zealand's new black livery

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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 15. Ten of the more fuel-efficient aircraft have been ordered.

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