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Air New Zealand’s second 787 in flight testing

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 18, 2014

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZF (Kristopher Hull)
Air New Zealand’s second 787-9, ZK-NZF, takes off on its first flight on Sunday. (Kristopher Hull)

Air New Zealand’s second Boeing 787-9 has completed a second day of flying over Washington State as the aircraft enters the final stages of its preparations before delivery.

Flight tracking website flightaware.com shows ZK-NZF took off from Snohomish County Airport in Everett – the location of Boeing’s 787 production line – at 1052 local time on Wednesday and headed in a northerly direction before turning east. The aircraft then made a right-hand turn and took a southerly track before landing at Grant Co International Airport in Moses, Washington, at 1132.

It was the ZK-NZF’s second flight test, following a one hour and 49 minute first flight on Sunday (September 14). On that occasion, the aircraft headed out to the Pacific Ocean and flew north along the Washington coast before making its way to Moses Lake.

Unlike its all-black sister ship ZK-NZE that is already in service flying between Perth and Auckland, ZK-NZF features the airline’s standard mainly-white livery.

Air NZ has said previously it expects to take delivery of its second 787 by the end of September, although it has recently pushed back the start dates of 787-9 flights to Tokyo and Shanghai by between two and three weeks.


The airline has 10 787-9s on order.

Images courtesy of Kristopher Hull – www.hullaeroimages.com

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZF (Kristopher Hull/hullaeroimages.com)
ZK-NZF at Paine Field. (Kristopher Hull)


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Comments (7)

  • Raymond


    Nice, but just nowhere near the visual impact of their first all-black 787.

  • Greg


    Very nice looking 789 – clean & crisp design – good looker!

  • Paul Wallace


    Yes nice looking plane, but I think I prefer the all black aircraft ZKNZE
    lm not sure why they chop and change the colour schemes , the all black plane sure gets noticed.

  • Paul


    I think they have 1 of each type in the fleet in Black- Good for flying the All Blacks round… they could use the white one for the All Whites lol

  • Zak


    Air NZ ‘best of the rest’ when it comes to innovation. Classy airline and a joy to fly with.

  • Rob Henderson


    Air New Zealand are certainly innovative with their livery and their interior design. Real high fliers.

  • Graham Haxell


    Should have more than one B787-9 in black. Black is awesome! It gets noticed!

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