An Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 will participate in next week’s Farnborough Airshow, just days after the airline takes delivery of its first 787 on Friday.
The aircraft to be displayed at Farnborough will be the fifth of 10 the New Zealand airline has on order, and will be on static display and participate in the flying display over July 14-18.
Air New Zealand’s first 787-9, meanwhile, was contractually handed over to the airline at the end of June, and is due to depart Seattle on delivery to Auckland on Thursday morning local time, arriving Friday afternoon. The kiwi flag carrier is the launch customer for the stretched version of the 787.
“The 787-9 is full of innovative features that are brand new to aviation and will enhance the inflight experience for our customers. The jet also uses 20 per cent less fuel than similar aircraft making it an environmentally responsible choice to take us into the future,” said chief flight operations and safety officer Captain David Morgan.
“It’s a great honour to have one of Air New Zealand’s 787-9 aircraft exhibited to hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts at what is one of the industry’s premier events.”